Vanessa Woods with her new book.

Simplifying the science of farming

A NEW book for primary school children that uses poetry to help simplify the science behind Irish farming and food for health and wellbeing, will be made available to every primary school and teacher training college in Ireland next week (Mon, 23rd November).

Teachers will also be able to register for a webinar with the author of the book - Dr. Vanessa Woods from Athboy - who will discuss the content and explain how it is ready to use in the classroom, being, as it is, linked with the SESE curriculum.

‘Irish Food, From A-Z’ is written through the medium of poetry, accompanied by colourful illustrations. While the book is primarily aimed at children aged four -12 via this particular schools project, it is also targeted at adults.

The science-based and curriculum-linked educational resource is presented in a way that is accessible and engaging for children and covers a wide range of topics such as food nutrients, sustainability, traceability, soil health, grass-fed Irish food, greenhouse gases and carbon sequestration, biodiversity, the importance of a balanced diet, dental health, farm safety and Irish culture.

The book has been written by Dr. Vanessa Woods, a scientist and consumer engagement professional who is focused on informing and educating Irish consumers of all ages about the story of sustainable and nutritious food grown by Irish farmers, underpinned by world-class science, and the importance of collaboration right across the food value chain.

Commenting on the launch of ‘Irish Food, From A-Z’, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said: “This engaging and informative curriculum-linked book provides students with fantastic insights into where the food we eat comes from and the importance of the nutrients in our food for our health and well-being.

"Ireland’s rich tradition and culture of farming and food production is underpinned by world-class scientific research and it deserves to be more widely understood. ‘Irish Food, From A - Z’ will make an excellent resource for teachers and young students across the country.”

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