PIZZA - A HARVEST ASSEMBLY
By the Revd Alan M.
Suitable for Whole School
To appreciate the scale of global
food production and the concept of 'food miles'.
Preparation and materials
- Pizza ingredients: a pizza base,
tomato puree or pasta sauce, tuna fish chunks, sliced pineapple, sliced red
pepper, sliced mushrooms, grated or mozzarella cheese, pepper grinder
containing black peppercorns, and a pizza box.
- Pieces of card to display 'food
miles' (see 2. below).
- Optional: For 3. below,
children could prepare examples of locally bought but globally produced
- Explain that when you're feeling
hungry it's sometimes a treat to send out for a pizza. Remind the children of
the distance to the local pizza take-away - for many people a pizza can be
cooked and delivered in a short time.
- Introduce the idea that the
ingredients of a pizza may have travelled far further. Explain by inviting a
group of children to help place toppings on the prepared pizza base. Display
the miles that the different ingredients have travelled. (Distances are
Flour to make the base, from North America - 5,400 miles
Tomatoes from Italy (the home of pizzas) - 1,000 miles
Tuna fish from
Mauritius - 5,600 miles
Pineapples grown and harvested in Kenya - 4,500
Peppers grown in Dutch glasshouses - 400 miles
Mushrooms grown in
the United Kingdom but transported from the growers to your supermarket - 200
Black pepper from India - 5,000 miles
Mozzarella cheese, also
from Italy - 1,000 miles
So the pizza that is delivered from 'just
around the corner' has in fact flown an incredible distance of 23,000 miles
around the world.
- Remind the children that much of
the food we take for granted has been produced in other parts of the world,
travelling great distances to our plates. Encourage them to look at the labels
of tins and packets as they shop. A group of children may present other
examples of locally bought but globally produced food, e.g. tea, coffee, fruit.
Point out that on average vegetables travel 600 miles to your
supermarket, some by plane, and all by lorry.
- For KS2 children, introduce the
concept of 'food miles' - the distance food is transported from producers to
consumers (those who buy and eat it). Modern transport enables us to enjoy a
world of food on our doorstep. The down side of this, however, is that much
fuel is burned by the food industry, at a cost both to consumers and to the
environment. Also, those who are food producers do not always receive fair
prices from customers on the other side of the world.
- Encourage everyone to use the
occasion of a Harvest celebration to think about the varied origins of our food
and the benefits and disadvantages of food that 'travels
- Cook and enjoy the
Bible link: Deuteronomy
8.7-11. The people of the Old Testament were warned not to take for granted the
ability of the earth to grow food. There is always the danger that with
plentiful food supplies we don't stop to think how much we depend on
thank you for
food from around the world
and for the different tastes that we enjoy.
Help us to use the resources of the earth wisely and well,
benefit of all peoples.
'Lord of the harvest' (Come
and Praise, 133)