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Feed your mind, Feed the world

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Food security — making sure that everyone has enough to eat — probably isn’t the first thing on our minds as we start getting ready for Christmas lunches.

A group of Year 11 and 12 students will consider how food waste impacts our society, and how better practices in agriculture might change that in the future.

As part of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture’s (TIA) Feed your mind, Feed the world camp, students will visit the newly opened Loaves & Fishes Tasmania kitchens in Devonport.

The students will learn firsthand how produce that might otherwise have ended up in landfill is used to create healthy and nutritious meals for the community as they enjoy a meal prepared by Loaves & Fishes chef Renee de Bruyn.

Every year in Australia, around 25 per cent of edible fresh produce is thrown away due to visual imperfection or cosmetic damage.

As part of a new collaboration, TIA’s Forthside Vegetable Research Facility will provide Loaves & Fishes with edible and nutritious ‘ugly’ fruit and veg.

TIA Student Outreach Coordinator Dr Stephen Quarrell said the three-day Feed your mind, Feed the world camp gives hands-on experience in the future of ag science.

“The camp shows students how sustainable agriculture works from before seed is sown right through ‘til food arrives on your supermarket shelf.

“Reducing produce waste is becomingly increasingly crucial not only for farmers but for our communities as well,” said Dr Quarrell.

Feed your mind, Feed the world is an annual camp that runs from Monday 10-12 December 2018. Students interested in agricultural, biological, chemical and environmental science explore the northwest Tasmanian agricultural industry from large-scale businesses to small producers.

Source: UTAS

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