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Jamie Oliver 's Food Revolution 1 | Jamie Oliver (US)

Jamie Oliver 's Food Revolution 1 | Jamie Oliver (US) | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
This Food Revolution is about saving America's health by changing the way people eat. It's not just a TV show; it's a movement for you, your family and your community. If you care about your kids and their future, take this revolution and make it your own. Educate yourself about food and cooking, and find out what your child is eating at school. Make only a few small changes and magical things will happen. Switching from processed to fresh food will not only make you feel better, it will also add years to your life.
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In an attempt to help people create healthy lifestyles through their diet, Jamie Oliver has started a food revolution in the U.S. To achieve this he has been helping schools to ditch the junk food and instead serve easy to prepare healthy alternatives. He is also helping teachers in schools to educate students about "how amazing food is, where it comes from, how it affects the body and how it can save their lives"  (Oliver, 2014, para. 1).

This website has a range of different resources including recipes and all sorts of educational toolkits that teachers may be able to use to educate students about food. In relation to the Technologies Curriculum, these resources will allow students to be educated about food preparation. The use of such sources may also be integrated into Health Education, so students may learn about nutrition. 

What do you think? Should food education be a part of schooling?

 

To finish here is a very inspirational article written by a mother, whose child has autism. By being involved in cooking classes, that were offered through Jamie Oliver's Big Rig Tour, she was able to work collaboratively with her son to change their eating habits, just by learning how to make yummy, healthy food!

http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/news-content/how-jamie-oliver-s-big-rig-tour-changed-

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Ashleigh Anderson's curator insight, June 9, 2014 10:00 PM

I really enjoyed reading this scoop originally posted by Sarah Salvasani.

This Food Revolution is relevant to my curation as it shows Jamie's battle with U.S. schools to rid their canteens of 'junk food' and promoting  healthier ways of living. For a student with special needs it may be difficult for them to distinguish between good food and bad foods. I have come across students who believe that bad food is good because they like taste. With assistance, the Food Revolution, will educate these students about foods and cooking. Hopefully, students will begin to recognise the differences between fresh and processed foods and give the necessary tools to make healthier choices.

 

Do you think Australian Special schools should model this approach?

 

This correlates with: ACTDEK003 - what basic needs animals have  (humans) and ACPPS006 - Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing.

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Videos – Lessons | Australian Organic Schools

Videos – Lessons | Australian Organic Schools | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
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just to build on my last scoop about organic farming, take at look at this video about 'Growing Organic Food with Costa'. In this video Costa goes through some of the important factors involved in organic farming, while speaking to teachers and students about their experiences when gardening.

 

This video was found on the Australian Organic Schools website: http://www.organicschools.com.au/

This website is linked to the Australian organic website from the last scoop and still focuses on producing and managing the production of food and fibres. 

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Classroom Resources - Dairy Australia

Classroom Resources - Dairy Australia | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
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I really enjoyed looking at this part of the 'Discover Dairy' website. It provides resources for teachers for specifically teaching about dairy. So there are links to lessons on 'Unbeatable Bones', 'Fuel for Life', and 'Farm to Plate'. At the top of the page there is also resources for students, such as games and quizzes if you click on the link called students. 

Discover your possibilities with these resources.

 

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Basics - YouTube

Mike Raupp, "The Bug Guy" for the University of Maryland Extension, talks about an easy, organic way to get rid of pesky bugs in your garden called Integrate...
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when focusing on The Australian Curriculum Technologies content description relating to why food is produced in managed environments, it is important to consider the large amount of insects living in Australia. When growing crops in Australia it is highly likely that certain types of insects will cause problems for certain types of plants. Therefore, these insects are referred to as pests.

 

In this video uploaded by UMDHGIC on YouTube, Mike Raupp, "The Bug Guy" from the University of Maryland discusses 5 steps to creating an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. This video could be used with Primary age students as an engaging activity at the start of a lesson. Then by following the five IPM steps students could work in collaboration to manage their own school crops. IPM would help students to develop their understanding about the importance of managing food, while considering safer alternatives compared to using pesticides as a first option.

 

I really like how pesticides are treated as a last resort to pest management and even then students can research and use the pesticides that are least harmful to the environment according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

Check out the video and see what you think! 

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About Us | The Edible Schoolyard Project

About Us | The Edible Schoolyard Project | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school. Our vision is for gardens and kitchens to become interactive classrooms for academic subjects, and for every student to have a free, nutritious, organic lunch. If this program is integrated into schools, the curriculum could transform the health and values of every child in America.
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Hey everyone,

 

this website is worth an explore. Similar to the Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden program, The Edible Schoolyard Project focuses on students learning essential life-skills through hands on experiences. It has it's own curriculum and aims to link to ideas of creating a sustainable future and developing healthy lifestyles. 

 

The edible schoolyard project has been developed at Berkley on one acre of land where students from Martin Luther King Jr, middle school can actively participate in growing, harvesting and preparing seasonal produce. Giving them experience in the garden and kitchen. 

 

From this I believe teachers can learn to incorporate similar projects into their classroom, when teaching about food production and preparation. Try some of the free resources from this page:

http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/program/edible-schoolyard-berkeley?quicktabs_programs=1 

 

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WHO | Five keys to growing safer fruits and vegetables: promoting health by decreasing microbial contamination

WHO | Five keys to growing safer fruits and vegetables: promoting health by decreasing microbial contamination | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
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This is a great resource for looking at food preparation through hygienic methods. Access the whole pdf written by'The World Health Organisation' (WHO) to the right hand side of the website. This could be used for all year levels to teach hygiene, in order to minimise the risks of disease and sickness when growing fruit and vegetables and therefore, improve community health. I love this document because even though there is quite a lot of text, there are also a lot of visuals. 

 

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Garden and Home | Make your own drip irrigation system using plastic bottles

Garden and Home | Make your own drip irrigation system using plastic bottles | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
Let your plants water themselves when you head off on a short-getaway by using two-litre plastic cold drink bottles to make a DIY irrigation system. Landscaper Natalia Sinclair of Whirlwind Gardens explains how
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Hi everyone,

 

I really enjoyed looking at this simple way to make a drip irrigation system. It is an article from the South African Garden and Home Magazine. I thought this would be a great activity to with students, especially if the students have recently made their own garden at school. Questions could be posed about the effectiveness of the irrigation system and whether it would be appropriate to use for larger areas of garden. This system could also be discussed by students from a sustainability point of view. Instead of using a hose to water your plants, which ultimately means using more water then needed, this system may be a useful way of conserving water.

 

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Hydroponics | Education.com

Hydroponics | Education.com | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
In this free science fair project, experiment with whether plants grow best in nutrient solution or plants. Explore the science of hydroponics.
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Hi everyone,

 

This would be a good experiment for teachers to use with students, to test which conditions work the best to nurture plants.

 

In focusing on food production, teachers could also conduct an experiment with students to compare and critique the quality and rate of growth, of plants produced in both a water solution and soil.

Students could work in groups and at the end of the experiment collaborate, to discuss which solution worked better and why. I believe it is important to allow students to collaborate about the process, in order to produce thought provoking questions that may be researched in the future.

 

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Stephanie White's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:34 PM

When teaching students on food production,  this is a great experiment for students to explore the different methods of growing plants. Students will learn about the science of hydroponics. They will compare whether plants grow best in nutrient solution, sand, soil, gravel or other materials. Have students work together and discuss their findings.

 

This experiment aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies 8.4 "Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable." Students can analyse their findings even further and discuss how they think food can be produced in the most sustainable way. 

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Introduction to my curation

Introduction to my curation | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
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Hi everyone,

 

I just wanted to introduce myself quickly.

My name is Sarah Salvesani and I am a 4th year student studying a Bachelor of Primary Education, Specialising in Health and Physical Education.

 

The purpose of this curation is to provide Primary school teachers with resources, to successfully teach years 5-6 students about the technologies being used to produce and prepare food. Specifically, this topic has been linked to the following content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum: Technologies:

 

Knowledge and Understanding

 

- Investigate how and why food and fibre are

produced in managed environments

(ACTDEK021)

 

- Investigate the role of food preparation in

maintaining good health and the importance

of food safety and hygiene (ACTDEK022)

 

Processes and Production Skills

 

- Critique needs or opportunities for designing,

and investigate materials, components, tools,

equipment and processes to achieve

intended designed solutions (ACTDEP024) 

 

I believe that in learning about food technologies, students will have the opportunity to make informed decisions based on acquired knowledge, in order to create their own healthy lifestyle.  

 

Hope you all enjoy my resources!

 

Sarah. 

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Veggies, fruits stay fresh with new freezing method - Lund University

Veggies, fruits stay fresh with new freezing method - Lund University | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
... we keep the nutrients and vitamins inside the cells intact, as well as the freshness characteristics; things like taste and elasticity”, explains Federico Gomez, Associate Professor of Food Technology at Lund University.
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Wow! This is really cool. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden, have created a new method for freezing vegetables and fruits. So far the method has worked on spinach, strawberries and parsnips and the freshness and nutrients are all said to be intact when the vegetables and fruits are defrosted.

 

If you are still unsure about this process, be sure to watch the 2 minute video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udxQFUQL7EY

Could this be the future of freezing? Sounds like a healthy way of preserving foods.. what do you think?

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Consumer_Standards_Final_21.pdf

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Hi everyone,

 

Growing food organically is one of the ways in which Australia and many other countries around the world focus on producing their food and fibres. This is a fantastic pdf that can be found on the Australian organic website: http://austorganic.com/

This guide would act as a foundation to the production of organic food for older age students and for people who have yet to come to an understanding of organic farming, this document acts as a comprehensive guide to what is organic and includes everything you need to know.

 

Some key points to understand about organic farming, taken from this guide, are that farming organically focuses on health management and Disease prevention. In doing this organically certified farmers focus on:

- Caring for the environment by NOT using synthetic chemicals and/or pesticides.

- Utilising traditional agricultural and modern techniques by using natural processes to produce food.

- Building and/or sustaining healthy soils.

 

At the end of this guide the reader is provided with facts about all different types of organic food and products, from meat, dairy and eggs to skincare products.

 

Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BBC - Gardening - Gardening Guides: Gardening with Children - Grow plants from food

BBC - Gardening - Gardening Guides: Gardening with Children - Grow plants from food | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
Teach your children about the source of their food. Gardening with Children from BBC Gardening
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I found this resource on the BBC website.

For students in schools that don't get the opportunity to create their own garden another option could be to allow students to try growing plants from food. These plants could be placed in jars and sat within or just outside the classroom. The link will provide you with a simple step by step guide to doing this activity. This is a good way of creating another opportunity for students to learn how they can produce food. 

 

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Fresh For Kids - The best source of fresh fruit and vegetable information on the net!

Fresh For Kids - The best source of fresh fruit and vegetable information on the net! | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
Questions and answers about fruit and vegetables preparation for food
Sarah Salvesani's insight:

Hey everyone,

 

thought this was a lovely website created as a project by the The Sydney Markets to encourage kids to develop a healthy lifestyle by regularly eating fresh fruit and vegetables. 

I have specifically linked to the page about preparing food safely but if you explore the website there is a large amount of information for teachers, parents and also kids. I love how the website is visually friendly and suitable for everyone. As a parent it would be perfect for lunch ideas ;)

 

 I particularly loved looking at the section on making your own fresh fruit and vegetable purees for toddlers. That was quite interesting as we sometimes forget about the 'do it yourself' approach as there are so many products for sale on supermarket shelves these days. I believe making it yourself would be a better approach, as you could monitor what you are actually feeding your child.

 

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This is a great website for fruit and vegetable information. The website was created by the Sydney Markets Limited Fresh for Kids program to encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. The website has separate tabs for children, parents and teachers. In the kids section, students can play games and learn about different sports. The parents tab has tips for healthy snacks and meals. The website includes information on how to prepare and store fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a great resource for parents, teachers and students to access for health food information.

 

It links directly to the Australian Curriculum: Technologies as it provides information on technologies associated with health food production and storage. One relevant content descriptor is ACTDEK022 which states, "Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene." Another relevant content descriptor is ACTDEK003 which states, "Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating." 

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Home - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation - The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Is An

Home - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation - The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Is An | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
A not-for-profit organisation assisting Australian schools to implement and deliver the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
Sarah Salvesani's insight:

Hey everyone,

 

this is a wonderful website explaining Stephanie Alexander's 'Kitchen Garden' program, relating to food education. This program has been implemented in 482 Australian schools and it focuses on students learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share seasonal foods. Not only does it teach them how to prepare food, it allows them to gain an understanding of how they can contribute to creating a more sustainable environment. Overall, this program can aid students to respect the environment, while gaining life-skills that can be carried with them throughout the future.

 

For anyone who doesn't enjoy reading, take a look at this video instead. 

http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/about-us/the-program 

 

For teachers, it may be useful to incorporate Stephanie's ideas as a way of looking at food production and preparation on a personal level, where students are engaged in the process via hands on activities. Teachers can sign up for Stephanie's free resources by entering their details on this page:

http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/about-us/the-program/curriculum-resources 

 

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Saving it for hard times: indigenous food preservation — AgriCultures Network

Saving it for hard times: indigenous food preservation — AgriCultures Network | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
Traditional knowledge on how to dry and ferment foods for storage and transport on the island of Temotu, the easternmost province of the Solomon Islands.
Sarah Salvesani's insight:

Hi everyone,

 

take a look at this wonderful article on the ways in which food is being prepared and stored in the Solomon Islands. I found this article on a website called Agri-Cultures and it is written by Susan Brown and Edward Mayer. If you prefer to read article as a pdf go to the right hand side of the webpage and you will see a small green link that says "download pdf."

 

The article focuses on two cultural groups from the Solomon Island, the Polynesian  and Melanesian people. Firstly, the techniques for drying Nambo ("dried starchy foods", breadfruit) are explained. Secondly, the techniques for pit fermenting masi are explained. These two techniques have allowed for islanders to create their own food security, in response to the "irregular weather patterns of the region." Destruction of islanders main food sources is very common and therefore they have thought up ways to prepare themselves for such disasters, including cyclones, storms and tidal waves.

These two techniques have also opened up opportunities for islanders become competitive marketers of their products in the Soloman Islands capital, Honiara.

 

I believe  discovering ways in which people from different cultures prepare food, gives us an understanding and respect for their culture. It makes us aware of how our culture may differ to theirs.

 

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Interactive labelling poster - how to read food labels

Interactive labelling poster - how to read food labels | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
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I really loved this simple food labelling poster. You are able to download it from the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website or just interact with it on the website by hovering your mouse over different parts of the yoghurt container. For students to understand what they are consuming it is important for them to be able to decipher the labels from food in their local grocery stores.

 

As a practicing Health and Physical Education teacher I value and will always be an advocate for creating healthy lifestyles. One of the detriments to the health of all Australians is their under education in areas such as health, which can cover a range of topics from healthy eating, to smoking, drugs, sex education and more.

 

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What is hydroponics system - YouTube

http://www.hydroponicsinfocentral.com - Hydroponics is simply the art of growing plants without soil in a nutrient based solution. Basically, instead of grow...
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Hi everyone,

 

 In finding another topic about how food is being produced in society, I came across 'Hydroponics.' This video has originally been sourced from  http://www.hydroponicsinfocentral.com by a YouTuber called Antone Zamora. 

 

This topic links to the Australian Curriculum: Technologies content description:

Investigate how and why food and fibre are

produced in managed environments

(ACTDEK021)

 

Hydroponics in it's simplest form is about growing plants without the use of soil. Using an option such as Hydroponics will allow for an additional option to growing plants other than the traditional method of farming land. This option also allows for the farmer/grower to regulate when and what is fed to the plants. Because this is so, the question I propose to my readers is 'could hydroponically grown plants be a healthier food option compared to plants grown in soil?'

 

This YouTube video helped me to create a better understanding of Hydroponics. I hope it will do the same for you! 

More to come on Hydroponics very soon! :D

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Genetic engineering: a guide for kids by Tiki the Penguin

Genetic engineering: a guide for kids by Tiki the Penguin | Food Technologies- Creating a Healthy Lifestyle through Understanding Food Production and Preparation. | Scoop.it
Find out about genetic engineering in this guide: What is it? Should you be worried? Is it okay? Is it for need or for greed?
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Hi everyone,

 

I believe this a wonderful resource for teaching students about Genetic modification/engineering! 

 

As population growth around the world is increasing, food engineers are producing ideas for increasing the rate at which food sources (e.g. plants) are able to produce foods, through a process called 'Genetic Modification/Engineering'.

 

I believe this topic is highly important for students to learn about, as it is an indicator of just one particular way food is being produced. Being an advocate for encouraging healthy lifestyles, I believe students should be provided with guidance about how food is being produced and then encouraged to make their own lifestyle decisions based on what they have learnt.

 

This website provides the reader with an abundant amount of information about the how and why of genetic engineering, plus videos to aide understanding. In a primary school setting, I would encourage students to use this website as a starting point, to exploring and answering any questions they may have regarding genetic modification of foods.

 

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