Soybean Update

(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the
Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by
Kansas Farmers. Jenny Choquette, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at
Shawnee Mission West High School is joining us. Jenny, you work with
Kansas Soybeans in that you incorporate information about soybeans in
your food program or curriculum that you have during the school year.
(Jenny) The Soy Council provides us with resources and tools and funding
as well, to incorporate information about soybeans and how they grow and
where they come from in our food nutrition classes. (Greg) What do you
see are the biggest benefits in this relationship that you have with
Kansas Soybeans? (Jenny) I think the biggest benefits are that this
program gives us an opportunity to talk to students about farm to table
and where our food comes from and how important agriculture is for our
society. We also talk globally about our world food supply and how
important it is for us to protect our resources and some of those
topics. They’re not things that our young people are always thinking
about today. (Greg) How have the student’s reacted? You’ve kinda
mentioned on some of the things they look at, how they reacted to this
and how they’ve taken to the soybean portion of the curriculum that you
give them. (Jenny) Well, it’s always a fun experience because they’re
not always familiar with where these foods come from or how they’re
grown. And it’s eye opening for them to learn some of this stuff as
well. And then with the funding that the Soy Council provides, it allows
us to cook some of the foods with soy products and taste different
things. So, usually their first impression is they’re not super excited
to try tofu or cook with it, but it’s very fun because by the end of the
class, they love the food that we make with it and they’re delighted
with the things they’ve tried and I know often they take the recipes
home to their families and make them at home. So, it’s just a great
opportunity for them to try something new that they wouldn’t have
probably chosen to eat on their own without having it provided for them.
(Greg) Jenny, have you tried to expand this or would you like to expand
this program in any way? (Jenny) One way that we’ve expanded it here at
Shawnee Mission West is just trying to incorporate it into all of our
food nutrition classes. We teach 24 classes throughout the year. And so
we reach a lot of students that way through the program. We can
highlight different things. Like in the nutrition class of course, we
focus on nutrition. They do a project, it’s called a recipe modification
project where they choose to substitute some ingredients and incorporate
soy products and then calculate nutrients versus other culinary classes,
focusing more on the cooking and culinary side of it. (Greg) Jenny
Choquette, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Shawnee Mission West
High School is our guest on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to
you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress
Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas
Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.

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