Volume 41 - Number 1 - 2000 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.2000.01030



Three focus groups were conducted with Michigan 2nd-8th grade educators to assess teacher perceptions of the US agri-foodsystem, their thoughts on the importance of teaching about the system, what is currently being taught about the system, existing sources of agri-food system information, and external stakeholder recommendations for content and delivery of agri-food system education. The study concluded that educators emphasize the nutritional and health aspects of the agri-food system and are less knowledgeable about agriculture. Most generally agricultural education is taught as farming in the early elementary years, whereas in later grades nutrition information dominates instruction. Educators found it important that youth understand the food production and consumption system in order to make well-reasoned decisions regarding personal health and the environment. Teachers were receptive to more fully integrating agri-foodsystem education into existing curriculums and would teach such material if adequate support was given and if the content complemented existing State educational goals.

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