For a visual image of what our schools and families are feeding kids, take a gander at Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. The well-known British chef goes to Huntington, West Virginia, a town considered the most obese in the country and tries to single-handedly fix their dietary habits.
I realize the show isn’t perfect – Jamie’s personality is too brusque for my tastes – but just take a look at what schools feed our kids: Pizza for breakfast! Mashed potatoes from pellets! Purple milk!
Also, note how nasty people are to Jamie Oliver. While I can’t believe the chef was all that surprised by the school cooks’ reaction to his proposed changes, it is indicative as to how the culture wars have impacted America and how difficult it is to change engrained behaviors.
Think of it this way: Americans scream bloody murder when the federal government interferes with their lives. And yet look how the school administration CLINGS to the federal guidelines as if the rules are gospel.
If you have time, watch Part II, also. It kind of wild watching the kids not know what a tomato or a potato look like.
It will be interesting to see if Jamie – whose own self-righteousness seems to be hurting him – can prevail.