Teaching Kids about Bees

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Our Monday green news brings you the latest on nutrition, good causes and child education:kids and bees, child education

  • Teaching kids about bees: Since honeybees play an important role in pollinating plants for our food crops, they are essential for our existence. Teaching children about the importance of bees and how to protect them should be part of any green education. The High Line in New York City, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side, recently organized a Honey Day at the High Line, not only to demonstrate and educate families about bees and how honey is made, but also to taste local honey offerings, and meet beekeepers from all five boroughs. Since bees usually travel no more than three miles from their hives, local honey is infused with a true taste of place and New York honey represents a unique reflection of the urban biodiversity.
  • Kids and vegetables: Based on findings of a new study recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research, trying to convince kids to eat vegetables because of their nutritional benefits, is not really efficient. The researchers propose the theorem that “young children infer from messages on food instrumentality that if a certain food is good for one goal, it cannot be a good means to achieve another goal.” They found that “simply serving the food,without giving any message about the goal eating it might serve, maximizes consumption of healthy (e.g., carrots) or neutral (e.g., crackers) food items.” The study authors explain: “If food is presented as making them strong, or as instrumental to a non health goal, such as knowing how to read, these children will conclude that the food is not as tasty and will therefore consume less of it, compared to when the food is presented as tasty or with no accompanying message.”
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