Food forests and not food handouts

Food forests and not food handouts

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John Huong started this petition to Ministry of Education Malaysia

With reference to https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/26/free-breakfast-for-primary-school-children-nationwide-from-next-january

We are calling upon the Ministry of Education to consider replacing the nationwide free breakfast program for students with a more sustainable approach via the concept of food forests. Following the proposed free breakfast program, even if the amount spent on each student may be as low as RM3, the long term effects of such a program is not beneficial to the country. This is especially if we aim to nurture an independent and strong sovereign nation. 

Purely providing food handouts to students is not sustainable and does not provide enough justifiable benefits. If anything we are going to create a generation that's dependent on government's handouts and not one that is driven to find solutions.  Using food forests is a sustainable approach to not only feed the schools but also it helps to contribute to a more liveable urban environment (climate control) and a generation that is more educated about the environment. 

Food forests can be done in Malaysian schools as they have more than enough vacant land to do so even in urban areas. Some fruit trees can even be grown in pots!

Food forests also require students to work together for it to be successful. If our Ministry of Education is doing this to foster communal practises then this will help. Getting students to come together with teachers by providing free food would not be providing the communal impact if the emphasis is on the fact they are dining on food given out as handouts and not food grown from their own efforts. 

This petition isn't about giving teachers more work; we hope the Ministry of Education will engage either local farming communities especially those already involved with communal farming and also officers from the Agriculture or Forestry Ministry in this effort. 

Read more about food forests here :

https://permaculturenews.org/2011/10/21/why-food-forests/

Also we should look at making sure students are involved in the process of acquiring the food and not to assume food freely appears out of thin air (take note of the mention of school farms in this link) :

https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/03/the-school-lunch-program-putting-all-others-to-shame/519792/

 

 

 

 

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