The 22 kids in Laurie Henshaw’s Grade 4/5 class at Mountain View Elementary had a unique experience Thursday when they visited Cooper’s Foods for a Revelstoke Farm to Table Store Tour created by Hailey Ross, coordinator of the North Columbia Environmental Society.
The children were split into four groups and challenged to select fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and protein for a “climate-friendly lunch.”
Sounds easy, right?
The kids, though, took their task seriously especially when they were asked to consider the following questions:
How far was the food transported to get to Revelstoke?
How was the food grown? Was it the product of an industrial farm, a factory or an organic food operation?
How much packaging encased the food product? (Students were encouraged to think about why there was so much packaging and where did it go afterwards?
How much processing was involved in creating a food product? How can you tell it’s processed? The ore ingredients there are that are difficult to pronounce, the more processed it is!
How many healthy ingredients are listed on the label? How many not-healthy ingredients are there?
Can you think of healthy alternatives for the foods you considered?
Here are a few photos from this excellent and practical field trip: