THE Alliance to Feed the Future announced the availability of free new curricula that complement the "Lunchbox Lessons: The Journey from Farm to Fork" curricula released last year.
The newest lessons, "The Science of Feeding the World," will help students in grades K-8 learn about what it will take to feed the world as the population reaches 9 billion by 2050.
The curricula cite and assign the exact standard for the Common Core State Standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards, a state-led process managed by Achieve in partnership with the National Science Teachers Assn.
The curricula were made possible through a grant from Farm Credit, and the grade-specific materials were developed by The Education Center of Greensboro, N.C.
The comprehensive resources challenge students to really think about what it takes to feed the world, according to the announcement. Through thought-provoking questions and discussion guides, students are able to connect with a sometimes perplexing topic in ways they can relate to and understand.
"There is no denying that the next generation has a big challenge ahead — producing enough food to feed a growing world population," said David Schmidt, president and chief executive officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), which coordinates the alliance. "The new curricula fill a gap that not only meets teachers' science needs but also delivers information that is fun, engaging and interactive for students."
The new curricula debuted at the Global South Summit, a gathering of business executives, industry experts, scientists and students convened Nov. 11-12 in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss solving some of the biggest challenges facing the planet regarding food, health and economic prosperity.
During the summit, Schmidt and Kimberly Reed, executive director of the IFIC Foundation, as well as other leaders, presented insights on food innovation and feeding the planet.
"It is very fitting that these K-8 educational curricula debuted during the Global South Summit session 'Frontiers of Food Innovation' that features World Food Prize laureates, as it sends an important message to teachers who are preparing and inspiring our future leaders, who will be responsible for feeding our planet that will grow by 2 billion by 2050," Reed said.
The online, downloadable curricula include dozens of grade-specific lesson plans, color classroom posters and more. The lessons address modern food production techniques and the resources needed for producers to provide the foods we enjoy every day.
All of the educational materials are available through the Alliance to Feed the Future website at www.alliancetofeedthefuture.org.