Where does food come from?

That is a question many Canadian school children don’t know how to answer…and according to Prof Shinichi Kobayashi from the Department of Animal Science at Nihon University, it’s one that stumps Japanese youngsters as well.

According to Prof. Kobayashi, a survey of Tokyo school children showed that an astonishing 30% had no idea whether milk came from cows and bulls or cows only. Alarming indicators like this has led Japanese farmers to start education programs for schools called “animal assisted education”, where they bring kids and dairy cows together in an effort to help them learn the answer to that elusive question.

In a way it is nice to know that similarities exist between two cultures as different from each other as Japan and Canada…but it is disappointing that it is the lack of knowledge of where their food comes from that is one of these unifying factors.

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