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"Concrete kids" never see countryside

[Wednesday 12 September 2007]
"Concrete kids" never see countryside

ONE-IN-FIVE British children have never visited the countryside - and thousands of them have no idea where their food comes from, according to a new report.

Hundreds of thousands of these youngsters - known as "concrete kids" - have virtually no knowledge of rural Britain, according to a survey by EdComs, an educational consultancy which charts children's knowledge.

The survey is part of a growing debate about the effects of modern childhood who rarely go out of doors, have not even been shown how to cross the road safely, and are stressed by constant exams at school.

The Prince of Wales has entered the debate because of his concerns about childhood ignorance of where their food comes from. He suggests that they should be allowed to grow their own vegetables to make them aware of real food.

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