LMC launches children’s book on food and farming

LMC launches children’s book on food and farming

A book designed to provide key stage two pupils with facts about food and farming has been developed and published by the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).

Trade body LMC has launched a book for children that promotes the importance of red meat within a healthy diet.

The book, which is the first resource of its kind produced by the Commission, also comprises of educational activities and 10 Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured (NIFQA) beef and lamb recipes.

Available to download free online from the resources and publications section of LMC’s education website, food4life.org.uk, the book supports the current Northern Ireland primary teaching curriculum.

Commenting on the publication, LMC marketing and communications manager Lauren Patterson said: “We are delighted to officially launch this book, which is the latest in our range of educational resources and first in our growing portfolio of primary school tools. Considerable time and effort were spent compiling content, developing age appropriate designs and analysing feedback from teachers to ensure that this resource is something which supports the teaching curriculum and adds true value for pupils.

“The book provides factual information on red meat as part of a healthy balanced diet, where our food comes from, the relationship between farming and the environment and the role of the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme. This messaging is reinforced through the provision of a variety of educational activities.”

LMC developed 10 recipes for this resource to encourage adults cooking for young children to incorporate beef and lamb in their diets, while also raising their awareness of the nutritional benefits of these red meats.

Patterson continued: “From mini meatball marina subs to a yummy lamb curry, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With the recipes clearly separated out into sections on what you will need, ingredients and method, there are opportunities for children to get hands on and help adults in preparing nutritious family meals.”

The primary book is to be shared with thousands of pupils across Northern Ireland over the coming year. Patterson explained: “LMC is delighted to continue our support for teachers in Northern Ireland as we mark twenty-five years of our education programme. The programme continues to grow year on year, with increasing demand for services and expansion of our provisions.

“Annually LMC delivers 150 primary school cookery demonstrations reaching over 4000 pupils aged 8-11 years. These are carried out by our team of expert demonstrators. Not only do pupils attending have an opportunity to sample beef and lamb, they will be provided with a hard copy of this book. However, it is also available to download as an e-version from our website, ensuring that all pupils, teachers and families have access.” 

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