Colleagues at the John Innes Centre took a commendable step to educate and connect school-aged children across Europe. In this article, Leader of the European School Science Project, Rachel Burns, describes the students’ excitement to learn about how crops grow. This was a lesson beyond just learning the basic ingredients for plant growth; they were able to being climate conditions into the equation by comparing the experiences of students in several other countries through an online community.
This is a wonderful example of how future generations can be exposed to the value and excitement of agricultural diversity, which is essential for lasting impact. Hopefully others are inspired to take similar action to encourage our young scientists, consumers and future farmers.
Everyone has a role to play.