How far has your food travelled?

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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We go to the grocery store regularly to buy food, but where does that food come from? What resources were used to get this food to you?
We'll play a game while exploring where some of our favourite foods come from originally and how far they have to travel now.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $140.00
Point to Point Premium: $135.00

Canadian sites will pay the fee in Canadian dollars and US sites will pay the fee in American dollars.
IMPORTANT: The price will increase to $135 on January 1, 2017. Book a program before that date and pay the 2016 price - $130.

We accept both Canadian and American payments by cheque/check or credit card.
If you are requesting a multi-point; we can negotiate the fee per site depending on the number of sites participating.
Invoices are sent out at the end of each month.


45 minutes Grade 3 - 12

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e., snow days.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 12 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment., Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Students list some items for the menu we are going to work with.
2. They will predict where they think some of the items come from.
3. Using a map, they will calculate how far the food had to travel.
4. Brainstorm what are some consequences of food coming from far away.
5. Questions


The participant will:
- gain an understanding of where food comes from.
- compare the cost (environmental, economical and societal) of local versus imported food
- explore the interdependent nature of our world
- list three things they could do to support local food suppliers.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NSS 5-8.C.3:
• All animals (including humans) depend on plants
• Humans depend on their natural and constructed environments.

State Standards

To come