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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The TASTE Council of Ireland
The TASTE Council of Ireland*, in conjunction with Bord Bia, last Friday launched the ‘Future is Food’ education module at the third national food symposium at Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork, with over 100 artisan food industry and education representatives in attendance. The theme of this year’s symposium was education in order to address how to broaden the appeal of local foods, artisanal foods and speciality foods for future generations. The module is aimed at increasing Transition Year students’ awareness and understanding of the food industry and the artisan sector in particular.
Referring to the launch of the initiative, Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine stated “Food Harvest 2020 highlighted the emergence of a significant artisan food sector, responding to consumer demands for locally produced and distinctive foods. This has brought a new stream of entrepreneurs into the artisan sector, which now directly supports 3,000 jobs. The ‘Food is the Future;’ Transition Year module will introduce a new generation of students to the richness of local food and to the skills required for taking micro food enterprises to the next level. I would like to thank and congratulate the Taste Council and the pilot schools for committing to an exciting project highlighting food as a driver of the local economy.”
The ‘Food is Future’ Module
Discussing the role of education in the future of Ireland’s artisan sector, Cait Noone, Education Spokesperson, TASTE Council of Ireland, said, “The ‘Food is Future’ module aims to highlight and explore how practical education can increase students’ appreciation of the economic, environmental and social benefits of the food industry. We need to teach the younger generation about the immense value that artisan food producers play in Ireland’s agricultural landscape and relay the unique product and brand stories.”