Farmers Forum staff
ONTARIO — It’s just become easier for Ontario teachers to educate their students about a vital part of the food chain that keeps them fed.
Meat & Poultry Processing in Ontario, Teacher’s Guide for Grades 7-12 was launched Feb. 15 to coincide with Canada’s Agriculture Day. It’s a product of AgScape, a charitable organization promoting agricultural literacy in schools, in collaboration with Meat & Poultry Ontario.
The free material includes a teacher’s guide and three interdisciplinary lesson plans targeting grades 7-8, grades 9-10 and grades 11-12. Many different and relevant themes such as packaging and food waste (7-8), industry challenges and solutions (9-10) and food safety (11-12) — as well as an overarching theme of career possibilities in meat processing — are covered in the provided lesson plans.
“In this resource, educators will have all the information they need to fully explore the entire meat and poultry processing supply chain, gaining valuable knowledge of the inner workings of our food system,” said Shaunna MacQuarriem, Project Assistant at AgScape and Ontario Certified Teacher. “They will also be able to successfully equip the workforce of tomorrow with the necessary skills for careers in Canada’s agriculture sector.”
Access the material at link.agscape.ca/3xqoSqV