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Photograph of artist Jean Duncan working with some of the Wormit PS pupils
I’m surprised at how much water is needed to make beans on toast!

A group of Fife primary pupils have been learning just how much water goes into producing their food as part of a project with the James Hutton Institute.

Primary four pupils at Wormit Primary School have been working with Sarah Doherty, a Durham University student currently on placement at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee and artist Jean Duncan from the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee.

The project focused on the production of the well-loved dish, beans on toast. The children enjoyed learning about food production, making and eating their beans on toast and produced drawings and watercolour paintings to illustrate the story of this meal. The drawings will be used for the education pages on the Living Field website.

Comments from the children included: “I’m surprised at how much water is needed to make beans on toast!”. The children were astounded by the masses of water used to produce the meal from scratch. Sarah commented: “It’s an eye opener for them to learn about issues of freshwater scarcity that the world is facing now and in the future.”

The project was funded by CREW (Centre of Expertise for Waters) which is based at the James Hutton Institute.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.