Food lessons on the menu for schools

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SCHOOL pupils across the Lothians are to be given more education about the food they eat and how it affects their overall health.

Around £2 million will be ploughed into the scheme by the Scottish Government, which it says will help improve the future wellbeing of the country.

Under the plans, more children will visit farms to see how food is produced, teachers will be urged to use food props in classes and private firms will be urged to invest in food education.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Food education is key to helping young people understand the role food plays in their lives.

“By encouraging pupils to learn more about these issues they can have the facts they need at their disposal to make informed choices.

“It’s no secret that Scotland faces issues around the health of our nation. We need to protect our environment and face up to the challenges around climate change.”