Teaching children about the importance of agriculture

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Teaching children agricultureagriculture


Teaching children about the importance of agriculture

Agriculture is a necessary sector of any society. There is more than economic value for a country in the farming of crops or livestock because it’s the base of a person’s basic right to food. Without the agricultural industry, the demands for food would not be met and economies would not be easily supported.

For this reason, it’s important to teach children about the importance of agriculture in today’s world and in the future because they will be the ones taking over.


Why it’s important that they learn

The world is adapting at a radical pace and the children of today are growing up into a world where updates are daily, technology is seemingly limitless and there are millions of directions one could take.

But how many of these children will learn more about the cute farm animals and the foods they eat (other than what’s healthy and unhealthy). In schools, there isn’t a great focus on agriculture because it’s trumped by mathematics and sciences. And, while those are important, even in the agricultural sector, attention needs to be drawn to farming.

By the time it comes to finding a degree in university (unless they’ve been exposed to farm life from friends and family) young people aren’t going to willingly apply for a degree in Biological and Agricultural Sciences. If there are more young members of the community educationally prepared and ready to work in the agricultural business, the industry can grow to accommodate them and, ultimately, the economy will benefit.

There’s also the aspect of children and even young adults in today’s society who aren’t aware of the struggles and efforts that go into their cup of coffee or dinner-time meal. And as consumption increases, the pressure on farmers to keep up with demand, while adapting to environmental and technological changes, goes unacknowledged.


Skim over the history lesson

As interesting as it is to know how they used to do things in the old days, it is more in the youth’s interest to see the farming equipment and machinery that is being used today and even what the shortcomings are.

Exposing young people the problems within the sector may spark some minds into finding a solution and pursuing that concept. It’s also good for them to know that if you choose to go into the agricultural industry, you don’t have to become a farmer. There are other specific and important jobs necessary in the industry.

Teach them about what it takes to make that one bottle of milk that’s sitting in their fridge at home or what the different environmental threats are to certain fruits and vegetables that stunt plant growth.

But, don’t forget, you’re dealing with children. Attention spans are short and the level of “coolness” affects whether they’ll be paying attention or not. So briefly skim over the history and get to the good parts and the interesting facts of the current agricultural situations.


Practicality is key

If you, as an adult, have ever watched a “How it's made” episode on the Discovery Channel, you always learn something new about an object you encounter on a daily basis. And when you realise the by-hand efforts that go into certain details, you learn to appreciate it more.

Now, for a child, the best way to help them understand and come to appreciate the importance and opportunity in agriculture is to take them there and show them in person. Not only to the heart of the farm where various crops grow and cattle run on rotational grazing routines, but also to the factories and manufacturers – where the next steps of production are.

Being exposed to the process in a way that all your senses are activated in the experience will keep the children focused and serve their memory of the expedition. There are also the homework tasks of growing a plant from beans. That is all good and well, but that’s also as far the experiment goes.

Taking it a step further by trying to grow a crop, fruit or vegetable and have them harvest it and carry on the production process to make a viable product out of it is a more accurate representation of the hard-working industry. And learning about how to deal with specific pests and find the correct soil for the plant to grow will teach them that there are other aspects in agriculture where even science and biology can be integrated so that farmers can do their best job.  


Future of agriculture

The future of agriculture will require the technologically-inclined children of today to prosper the industry and keep it growing. The future of agriculture is also a subject that will keep children interested in the sector and focused on where they may play a part in the advancement of such an influential industry.

It’s no secret that the world is growing at an alarming rate and that there is the issue of finding resources to feed and cater for all its people. That’s why the future of agriculture is so important, as well as the minds of those who will be its industry leaders.