Did you watch? Jamie Oliver's new show, Food Revolution,
began last Friday. I did, and I'm hooked. It's no secret that school lunchs leave a lot to be desired. It's time that everyone sees how unhealthy they truly are.
I work in a school that has almost 70% of the students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. This means they also get breakfast. For far too many, these are their only two meals of the day.
Guess what they eat. The favorite choice for breakfast is pop-tarts and for lunch, it's french fries.
We've been working on eating healthier at home. Buying meat and eggs from a local butcher who only buys from local farmers. He has a huge sign up in the store that none of their meat has any additives or hormones added. I choose to believe. We buy regularly from the farmer's market when produce is in season here. The pickings got light over the winter, but I canned a lot of our locally grown apples and froze bags and bags of fresh corn. Next year, I plan to preserve even more.
This year Jim is talking about putting in a garden as a project for him and Sera. I told him you grow it, I'll cook or preserve it.
We're far from perfect with this, but we're trying. Ice cream is much too regular a part of our diet and those Girl Scouts made a few bucks from us, but we're working hard to improve. Too many children don't have these opportunities.
Can you imagine a 5 or 6 year old child not being able to identify a tomato? I can see not knowing what a beet or an eggplant is, but a tomato, a mushroom, or a potato? That is one of the things this show highlights, and it's appalling.
We wonder why so many schools are struggling to educate our young?
Maybe their brains are starving from lack of nutrients?
Update: Another link you may find interesting, Fed Up with Lunch: The School Lunch Project
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