FYI, here's a report on some of the more or less immediate results of implementing
"An independent study showed the performance of 11-year-old pupils eating
If these are the SHORT-TERM results, after having been on the new nutrition plan for 12 months, imagine the long-term payoff.
I was frankly ASTONISHED not just by how ignorant the food workers and some other locals were, but how belligerent they were about it. How is it even possible that they don't understand what the problem is? Or even that there IS A PROBLEM?? Now, I can sympathize with being concerned about the logistics and time constraints of using ingredients from scratch, but to not even grasp the absurdity of what children (and presumably, they) are eating day in and day out?
To be fair, this is also certainly a situation that is bound to put people on the defensive, but I felt he was taking care to be reasonably sensitive (as in, without caving and capitulating). If only the lunch ladies and bureaucrats had taken the open attitude of the family he worked with - now there was a glimmer or two of hope. Still, I wish he would have taken the time to explain to the resistant parties that he HAS been able to pull off overhauls of similar lunch systems in England, as well as explaining the impact of those changes, and perhaps even a little bit on why this is so important, if they were truly that clueless. Perhaps this took place off camera, though? This is, after all, still television. Even so, it would have been enlightening for viewers to learn more as well. But hey, this is just the beginning, we'll see.
This is so fundamental. Nutrition could not be more important. The only thing closer to the core of the foundation of our health is breastfeeding (aaaaaaand we're back on-topic!); then again, the health of mothers is the true original source even before breastfeeding begins . . . Ah, well, chicken or egg, you know what I mean. [Note to self: one of these days I need to do a post on both prenatal and postpartum nutrition.]
Anyway, I hope you tune in! Episodes are available online for otherwise unplugged folks. And please take a moment to sign his petition for public school lunch overhauls. If Oliver succeeds, I think he deserves the American equivalent of knighthood. Hell, I think he deserves it for even trying.