Garden to Table Founding Trustee, Catherine Bell says the government's latest announcement in the fight against child obesity needs to tackle the root of the problem and provide a solution to the issue.
"It is unlikely that the proposed plans will have any impact on obesity rates and similar initiatives appear to have had limited success in the past.
"What we would like to see is government leadership working across health and education sectors to develop visionary policy around food literacy with a particular focus on improving outcomes for all children and young people.
"It is not just about legislation, or food hand-outs - it is also about investing in the knowledge and skills of growing and cooking fresh vegetables, thereby ensuring our children are educated and empowered to make sound and informed choices in the future. We encourage the Government to acknowledge the critical importance of hands-on skills-based food education - not only for individual health, but also for the building of environmental and community resilience for the future," Catherine Bell says.
The Garden to Table programme educates children on food choices they can make and teaches skills to act on that knowledge, in a positive, encouraging environment, providing them with options to bring change for themselves and their families. Catherine Bell says the organisation has first-hand proof that improving food education among children can not only work in the fight against child obesity but also helps families recognise the value in eating well.