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‘Just don’t tell them what’s in it’: Ethics, edible insects and sustainable food choice in schools

Jones, Verity

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Verity Jones Verity6.Jones@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education: Primary/Early years



Abstract

Supporting young people with global crises mitigation strategies is essential, yet loaded with ethical dilemmas for the educator. This study explores whether young people will make ethical decisions regarding the sustainability of food choice in schools, and based on the processes identified, what educators’ needs are in supporting transformative learning. This study is the first of its kind, where young people under the age of 14 have been tasting edible insects and discussing their role in a more sustainable diet. The article draws on mixed-method research with over 180 young people and their teachers in three schools in Wales and examines responses to a possible introduction of edible insects into school canteens. Highlighted is the complexity of sustainable food choices—likely to be identifiable with other young people and educators in western countries. The article considers how educators and policy makers may need to frame routes to positive sustainable action and the associated impacts these may have on personal, social, political and environmental spheres.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal British Educational Research Journal
Print ISSN 0141-1926
Electronic ISSN 1469-3518
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Jones, V. (in press). ‘Just don’t tell them what’s in it’: Ethics, edible insects and sustainable food choice in schools. British Educational Research Journal, https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3655
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3655
Keywords edible insects, ethics, pedagogy, sustainability
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedomain.org/journal/17

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