School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

5 September 2017

We love the Department of Health's School Fruit and Veg Scheme and we'd love it more if it could be pesticide-free!

A new report from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) found pesticide residues in free fruit and veg given to four to six year olds and highlighted that for only 1p per child per day (£5.6 million per annum) all the core produce given out could be switched to organic. That would be good news for children and for our organic growers.

We know that many school caterers have successfully switched to organic produce as part of the Food for Life scheme so perhaps this report will be the catalyst DH needs to make their School Fruit and Veg Scheme even better.

PAN applauded DH's efforts to get children eating more fruit and veg and certainly didn't wish to alarm parents but added "The Department of Health urgently needs to switch to sourcing all produce for the scheme from producers using minimal pesticides, ideally British organic farmers.” 

 

 

 

 

 

In other news ...

Students Harvest Produce Ahead Of Scotland's Schools To Market Day

Scottish Schools Harvest Produce Ahead Of Sale Day

12 September 2017

Last Friday, 72 lucky children from four schools in Scotland headed out to Craigie's Farm to harvest fresh fruit and veg, as part of our Schools to Market programme.

Young Marketeers Harvest Sale 2016

Autumn Food Education Fun

5 September 2017

It’s back to school for most children this week and we’re delighted that lots of them will be getting stuck into our food education programmes.