Press Release: From the Classroom to the Cafeteria, Seafood Nutrition Partnership Is Working With Schools to Teach the Importance of Seafood, Health and the Environment
As the school year begins, so too does the Seafood in Schools pilot project from non-profit Seafood Nutrition Partnership. SNP is providing teachers across the country with a grant and supplies to bring tabletop fish and garden aquaponics systems into the classroom. Along with this opportunity, some schools are even accepting the challenge to offer more seafood on their lunch menus.
SNP is interested in helping the next generation understand the health benefits of eating seafood and learn about fish-farming technology that is a low environmental impact system for producing healthy food. Aquaponics combines aquaculture, a process for farming fish, and hydroponics, a process for growing vegetables in a soil-less medium, and the water is continually cleaned through this system.
This September also marks the 37th anniversary of the National Aquaculture Act of 1980, which states that, “It is in the national interest, and it is the national policy, to encourage the development of aquaculture in the United States.”
The aquaponics pilot is intended to help students learn about how to grow and be responsible for fish and vegetables, and to understand the basics of farming fish, seafood sustainability, the symbiotic relationships between fish and plants, and the health benefits of eating seafood.
Fish and shellfish have big benefits for children, including supplying the nutrients essential for strong bones, brain development, improved memory, and healthy immune and cardiovascular systems. Seafood is a good source of lean protein, low in saturated fat and rich in vitamins and minerals, most notably the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. (Learn more with Seafood: Fuel for Successful Learning.)
The pilot program is launching in 11 education programs across the country, including:
In the initial pilot, SNP will measure knowledge gained by both students and teachers, determine the key success factors for teachers, as well as the support required from the teacher’s school.
“Through the Seafood in Schools Aquaponics Pilot, we hope students will learn about the importance of seafood in its role for supporting human health, environmental health, and the ability to sustainably feed future generations,” says SNP President Linda Cornish.
SNP is working with The Aquaponic Source, which is helping source products and provides the curriculum, and AquaSprouts, which makes the desktop garden system and will provide customer service to assist the teachers.
Read the press release here,
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Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a 501(c)3 with a mission to inspire a healthier America through partnerships and outreach to raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood.
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