Thursday, October 6, 2011

School Lunch Smorgasbord

Anonymous school lunch blogger Mrs. Q has come out of the closet this week. She documented her son’s school lunches online and in pictures on her blog Fed Upwith Lunch. That’s the foul news. The good news is its not like that everywhere.

Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception writes about the Appleton Wisconsin high school which replaced their cafeteria's processed foods with wholesome, nutritious food and the corresponding change in students who became calm, focused, and orderly. Students had conducted experiments feeding mice junk food.  Read the results here

And Chef Jamie Oliver is currently sponsoring a wall of shame/ fame, where you can rate the best and worst student lunches. Upload your school lunch photo to Jamie Oliver wants to see your school lunch.

The Organic Consumers Union has been sponsoring a proactive responses with their Appetite for a Change Program which has the following Four Goals 
STOP spraying toxic pesticides on school property, playgrounds and in buildings, and convert to integrated pest management practices.
KICK junk foods and junk food ads out of our schools.
START converting school lunches to healthier menus, using locally grown and/or organic and transition to organic ingredients (no pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, irradiation or genetically engineered ingredients). Offer vegetarian options. 
TEACH kids about healthy food choices and sustainable agriculture through school garden projects and curriculum materials. 

How about you? Do you think the school lunch program deserves a change?