New interactive program teaches students about the origins of their food

A new interactive way of learning where your food comes from is making its way into junior and senior high school student curriculums in Alberta.

The agriculture programming called ‘Agriculture 101: Food and Farming’ is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Ag For Life in partnership with Monsanto Canada.

In the program, teachers have no shortage of choices when it comes to topics they can teach to the students.

Everything from an overarching theme such as environmental sustainability or individual topics such as genetic engineering, pesticide use, technology or agriculture marketing among others. img_4180

Ag For Life CEO Luree Williamson says they are proud to partner with Monsanto to provide agriculture education to our future decision makers.

“As more and more families are distanced and disconnected from the agricultural community, the Agriculture 101 program aims to bridge this gap and improve the awareness and understanding,” said Williamson.

Monsanto Canada Director of Public and Industry Affairs’ Trish Jordan tells Rural Roots Canada giving back to the community has always been a big part of who Monsanto is.

Jordan says they want to be able to help to help other organizations share their message.

“When you are working with charitable groups, they’re the ones who have the connections, they may have the relationships with schools, the connections to kids and so we want to be able to partner and collaborate with like-minded organizations, because we share the same values,” said Jordan.

She says organizations like Ag For Life want to elevate the values of agriculture.

“They want to help expose kids to all of the opportunities that are out there in agriculture and those are things that are really important to us as a company.”

For more information about the Agriculture 101 program, or for more information about Ag for Life’s agriculture education programs, visit www.agricultureforlife.ca.  AWC_Facebook_CoverPhoto (1)