Are you planning on watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution tonight on TV?
If you haven’t already, I strongly urge you to start watching – the things he talks about on his show are relevant to everyone, with or without kids. Some of the drama is a bit much, but I know that ratings are important and some people thrive on that kind of stuff.
I love reality TV, but I don’t believe for a second that most people on those shows are doing what they’re doing for completely benevolent reasons. Jaime, on the other hand, seems to really be passionate about the changes he’s trying to implement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite sure he’s being compensated very well for the show; however, I’m also quite sure that he deserves it.
I’d love to do something similar in our school system. I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to determine the best way to go about it. Is it through the PTA? Do we offer free or reduced price cooking classes for parents so that they can learn how to cook healthful meals on a limited budget? Do we petition the school board and insist that they omit processed foods from school lunches altogether? Do we start a school garden where the kids are involved with the whole process from beginning to end? How does that work when kids are out of school for the growing and harvesting season? Where do we start?
If anyone has any ideas about getting this started in the Atlanta area, I’d love to chat about it with you. I’ve seen it bandied about on Facebook for Gwinnett county, but would like to do something in Fulton as well. Comment below if you have any thoughts on the matter.
Also, if you haven’t already, you should go to his website and sign this petition (only if you believe in what he’s trying to do).