As an educator, why should I be interested in local food and agriculture education?

Whether you teach at the pre-school or college level, the interest in local food and agriculture related education is on the rise. Many educators are realizing that students today often do not realize where food comes from, despite it being a key part of our existence. Also, with the increase in childhood obesity and other food related diseases, many educators are interested in new approaches that teach nutrition and healthy eating habits, while linking to other subjects such as math and biology.

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1. As an educator, why should I be interested in local food and agriculture education?
2. What are different approaches to local food and agriculture education?
3. How does local food and agriculture education benefit students?
4. What resources are available to me?