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If you read that title and thought that, yes, obviously they know where milk comes from, you may be surprised to find out that one in five children actually don’t know that milk comes from cows.
New research from Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons has revealed some of the strange things that children believe about their food – with over ten percent of boys aged between four and eight believing that milk comes straight from the supermarket, not actually questioning where it originally came from.
Add to that that twenty percent of five year olds believe that chocolate is made from eggs and almost a third of children think that cows eat sandwiches and I’m sure you’ll worry about what we’re actually teaching this future generation of ours.
The research has been followed by a project with mum of two Giovanna Fletcher who has launched a video which shows families where food comes from – in particular, where the glass and a half of milk used to make each packet of Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons comes from. It’s such a simple thing but reinforces to children that milk really does come from cows!
It’s amazing to think that over twenty percent of young children don’t know where milk comes from but the survey revealed that parents across the country really do care about knowing where their food comes and it’s now down to us, as parents, to educate our children about where their food comes from too.
LP and Little Man went through a phase of saying that everything came from the supermarket and we would then ask them where it came from before the supermarket and slowly their food knowledge has grown – although discussing processed foods can be tricky as they contain so many different ingredients.
But, the basics like milk, cheese, yogurt – and of course chocolate – are quite simple to teach children. So next time you’re cooking together, walking around the supermarket or just having dinner, make food origins a topic of conversation – and see if your children really know where milk comes from.