The Future of Food

June 18, 2019  |  Education, Environmentalism, nutritower

Kids can be fickle about what they eat, especially when it comes to eating vegetables. Those of them who chow down willingly on their broccoli or salads are the exception to the rule, as many simply won’t even suffer the sight of green foods on their dinner plates. However, there’s an adage that I like to repeat to myself every time I come across a food I don’t like: there’s no such thing as tastes we hate; there are only tastes that we don’t like YET. Yes, you heard that right, I, along with many experts in the field, believe that all tastes are acquired, and that those tastes we abhor are simply as yet unfamiliar to us. The more we try something, the more tolerant we come to be of it. Of course, this rule doesn’t apply to mushrooms, which are just gross all the time… 😉

So what’s the point of bringing this up? Well, it is to hit home the importance of teaching kids at a young age to incorporate greens into their diets, something that we at Nutritower take very seriously. And to that end we say, “why stop there?” Instead of simply introducing grade schoolers to vegetables and urging them to at least give them a try, we believe in having those students directly interact with their food, learn where it comes from, how it grows, why it looks and tastes the way it does. By demystifying food- and veggies in particular- we hope to facilitate the relationship between kids and the foods they otherwise may not have given a chance to. Moreover, the habits and behaviours we acquire in childhood inform our adult selves, so learning early about the value of food and food cultivation can mean good eating habits all our lives long!

But here’s the real kicker, and here’s where we at Nutritower get truly excited: The world is trending toward a more plant-based diet, and as such, we’re entering a period where heightened awareness of vegetable growth, food eduction, and the like will seriously come in handy. In Canada, nearly three million people (or about 10% of the population) describe themselves as vegetarian or Vegan (according to a recent Dalhousie University study). Of those people, the majority are under the age of 35. To put that number into perspective, there are three times as many vegetarians in Canada today than there were 15 years ago, when a similar study was conducted. What this means is that more and more Canadians are turning to plant-based diets and the trend is starting with the younger generations. It is more than likely that by the time grade school children grow up and start families of their own, meat eaters will be the minority in this country. 

So to wrap this up, educating school-aged children on the value of vegetables and imbuing them with the know-how to do it themselves when it comes to food cultivation, is not only great policy, but it’s also very much on the right side of history. If children are our future, and vegetables and plants are the future of food, then we love to be the forward-thinkers that link the two. Let’s continue to teach kids about the value of greens so that we can all embrace a brighter, greener future.

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