On this years Blog Action Day, I’m choosing to discuss the food issue of lunches served in out public schools. Living in LA, I can tell you, from what I see at my daughters school, that the food is not fit for human consumption, much less our precious children who are trying to be educated while their growing bodies are trying to fend off the onslaught of toxins they ingested at lunch. My daughter enjoyed the novelty at first of school hot lunches, but soon would complain of stomach aches after lunch. My investigations led me to now insist my kids lunches are packed at home with plenty of ( try to) good organics and wholesome fare.
British chef Jamie Oliver this past year based his “Food Revolution” on showcasing the tragedy of children’s obesity and diabetes in America, and zeroed in ( as a start) on American public school lunches. What he found was appalling, and the city he first started with was ( you guessed it) Los Angeles. At first the LA Unified refused to let him into the kitchens. It’s amazing to watch if you can get to the episodes ( I believe on hulu.) But you can find more about his findings, and ways to get involved here at his website.
Where the government can quickly spend a million dollars on one Patriot Missile , but can’t adequately fund our future generation’s public education, and the food that is served to these kids, it’s no wonder demonstrations are starting in protest of the American system.
Food being advertised and sold to kids has been a long issue of mine, from when I refused to be in the Cartoon Network McDonalds commercial promoting Kids Happy meals. I got a lot of Time Warner and Cartoon Network exec’s pissed off at me, but we have to start addressing this epidemic our kids poor eating habits. Cartoon Network and other kids networks have started rallying around the problem in the last couple of years ( and I’m not for shows getting on a soapbox to spout lessons.) But I did find it ironic for them to mention to me a joke we made involving food, that we should be more responsible about promoting good eating habits, and then funding the show with McDonalds and Burger King commercials.
The only way we can start making a difference is to start getting involved. Go to Jamie’s website. Investigate your own school’s lunch program. Speak out. Some schools are getting on the bandwagon and changing the menu’s. They are finding that it doesn’t cost any more, it’s just about making choices and not having corporations dictate volume buying decisions.
Get involved! Check it out!