Australian kids to be given farm tours as they are 'vulnerable to anti-farming extremists'
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled a range of plans to promote animal agriculture.
The Coalition government plans to put $30 million into various schemes including taking city children to farms so they can "see how agricultural products get from paddock to plate.
Other initiatives include a $20 million Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program and $222,000, to encourage young people to study agriculture.
In a post on their website they say:
"Right across regional Australia agricultural shows are delivered by hardworking volunteers, but they are often faced with ageing infrastructure and expensive repair bills, impacting on the quality of the show and in some cases, meaning shows are unable to go ahead.
"The $20 million Development Grants Program will help regional agricultural show societies upgrade and maintain existing infrastructure.
"For kids, we know from a study completed by the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia in 2011 that too many of our young Australians don’t understand where their food comes from. For example, 45 per cent of primary and secondary school students didn’t think bread, bananas or cheese came from farms.
"We won’t allow our kids to be vulnerable to anti-farming campaigns from extremists hell-bent on shutting down agriculture. This new program will support primary and secondary school students to visit farms and other primary production worksites in the food and fibre supply chain."
They have also unveiled plans to back around 80 city schools across the country to set up “mini-farms” to teach students about the use of water, land and energy in food production.