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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 June, 2004, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
School dinners fit for a prince
Prince Charles shaking hands with dinner ladies
The Prince is an avid supporter of "local sourcing initiatives".
The Prince of Wales has told school children that his favourite vegetables are Brussels sprouts and leeks.

He confessed his preference during a healthy eating summit at Brimsham Green School in Yate, South Gloucestershire.

The prince watched lunch being prepared with organic carrots and potatoes from his own Home Farm near Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

He also conducted a meeting with education chiefs on the benefits of using fresh, local produce in schools.

Prince Charles, who is patron of the Soil Association and an avid supporter of "local sourcing initiatives" met year seven students taking part in a cookery lesson.

When questioned by a pupil about his favourite vegetable, he said: "I rather like Brussels sprouts" and added that " leeks are a very good Welsh vegetable."

The prince also unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit before speaking to four year 11 boys who had campaigned for fair trade products to be included in the school's vending machine.

One of the boys, James Organ, 15, said: "We have been made aware of the importance of fair trade products to the producers and the importance of giving them a fair deal.

"So we helped the school to get a fruit and nut bar into the vending machine."

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