Takumi showed us two onigiri packets which he had bought in Singapore, they had come from Japan. He showed us how onigiri is made from rice, seaweed and toppings. He told us kelp is in onigiri, we looked this up and found it is a type of seaweed grown by farmers in seaweed farms in Japan.
Keigo brought in a yakult bottle and explained it was made originally in Japan by a Japanese scientist. He said it is made from milk and bacteria. We had a lot of questions about what bacteria was, was it a good thing? Can you make bacteria or is it natural? There is also a Yakult factory in Singapore to buy locally made Yakult. This started some discussions about food miles and making choices about what products to buy.
Zoe brought a skittle container and explained that skittles used to be made in the UK and were called Glee's. Now they are made in America and that's when the name changed to Skittles. We had lots of colours about how the colours were put on and how the S was painted. Zoe explained they colour was sprayed and the S was stamped. Then we watched a video to find out more about the process.
Tyler T showed us a milo carton. It had come from Malaysia and he said it also is made in Australia. There is a Milo factory in Singapore as well so again, there is the option to buy locally produced Milo similar to the Yakult. Tyler said his milo was delivered from the supermarket to his condo. We then discussed this new step in the journey of food - someone else does the supermarket shopping and brings it right to the door.
Rei explained about tuna, showing on a map where it is fished from and then explained how it is taken the factory to be put in cans. She showed us a tuna can from Japan that she bought in Singapore. We had discussions about how the tuna might be caught, why they lived on two oceans and which zone of the ocean they would live in.
Reika told us all about organic rice farming in Japan. Farmers use ducks in the rice fields to eat the insects and weeds. This means they don't have to use chemicals. We wondered why only baby ducks were allowed in the rice fields. Rice from Japan has to be shipped in special containers which are temperature controlled, this keeps the rice fresh.