Study: City teenagers know “little or nothing about farming”

MOST city teenagers know "little or nothing about farming", according to a survey on Australia's urban-rural divide.

The survey of 600 metropolitan students aged 15-18 finds 77% know little or nothing about food production, and almost 70% know little about how food gets from the farm to the plate.

Commissioned by rural bank Rabobank, the survey also finds some 90% of the young students see farming as "very important to Australia".

But those students rate a potential future career in agriculture lower than many other jobs.

And a further 20% of respondents say they do not know what farmers need to grow produce, and 49% report only knowing a "little bit" about it.