Feeding the nation

The UK's cereals chain plays a vital role in providing good quality, highly nutritious food for the nation. Last year, UK cereal farmers grew 6.7 million tonnes of milling wheat that UK flour millers used to produce around 4 million tonnes of flour. No edible part of the wheat seed is wasted however. The parts of the grain that aren't used in flour production are still eaten - some are used in making breakfast cereals and while the rest is made into special pellets and used to feed farm animals such as pigs and chickens. 

Flour is a vital ingredient in many of the UK's most favourite foods. Every day UK bakers make 130 million slices of bread, 5 million packets of biscuits and 2 million pizzas. And while popular culture might lead us to believe that people no longer enjoy or buy bread, it is still the most popular product bought by GB households with a staggering 99.8% of households purchasing it. And here's a stat you might not want to think about for too long: more people in the UK buy bread than loo roll! 

And eating lots of bread is actually a good  thing. It does way more than just fill you up and taste good. It is also a great way to consume many of the vital vitamins and minerals we need to keep our bodies fit and healthy. Did you know that well over a third of the calcium and fibre we consume comes from eating bread? And around 20% of iron and protein. There's a lot more to that slice of toast than meets the eye!

Between them our farmers, millers and bakers work hard and work together to provide our daily bread - a product jam packed with vital vitamins and minerals. Hooray for bread!

These resources provide a more indepth look at the work of farmers, millers and bakers in the UK:

Lesson plan on farming

Lesson plan on flour milling

Lesson  plan on baking

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