‘The Future Is Food’ is a Transition Year Unit that has been specially developed by The Taste Council in collaboration with Bord Bia, educators, food producers, food professionals and chefs.
Agriculture and food are Ireland’s largest indigenous industries, directly and indirectly employing over 230,000 people. Each year, Irish food and drink is exported to over 175 markets around the world, and in 2016, Irish food and drink exports reached a record high of €11.15 billion – their seventh consecutive year of export growth.
The Future is Food helps students to gain a better understanding of the Irish artisan food sector, and how entrepreneurship and innovation have driven this aspect of the food industry. In addition, the Unit will give students real life experience through the possibility of planning the development and production of a new food product. The unit also develops a variety of business skills through the option to create and develop marketing and advertisement strategies for artisanal food products.
The unit encourages students to gain a better understanding of the Irish artisan food sector and the food industry as well as igniting their entrepreneurial spirit. Students will gain valuable insights into managing a small food company and how their food is produced.
The Future Is Food has cross-curricular links to a range of post-primary subjects, from Geography and Agricultural Science to Maths and English. That being said, it is best suited to Home Economics and Business strands, which most closely fit the aims and objectives of the Unit. The Future is Food Transition Year Unit has been designed to work alongside the Mini Company Unit and will build on established experience and expertise but can also be used as a stand-alone module.
With a framework carefully designed by educators and food industry professionals; The Future is Food provides a platform for students to build and develop key skills (communication, working with others, information processing, critical and creative thinking) and enhance personal and social skills.