Here is a short video detailing what children are eating in French schools. It is EXTREMELY shocking to see the difference. They take extreme care to make sure that the children are eating healthy, traditional cuisine, as well as, making sure all of the food is safe and bacteria is kept at bay. You won’t see any plastic packaging or microwaves, just fresh and local ingredients served in beautiful porcelain Le Creuset dishes.
America could cut it’s health care costs in half if we took this much care for our children and started them off with the right diet from day one. I just helped with a film event depicting several different movies about our food system, and one in particular was about 6 year-olds with diabetes. I was, and continue to be sickened after watching it.
Working on the board of Slow Food here in my region allows me to be directly involved in making the changes I want to see in our food system. If any of you want to learn more about what you can do, how to get involved, or just would like some information, then you can click on the Slow Food USA link on my side bar, or just follow the link here.
I also work with a program named FEAST (Fresh, Easy, Affordable, Sustainable, and Tasty), where we go into the school system and low income housing communities to work directly with the children and families. We do hands on cooking classes using locally produced food that has been donated from farms and organic markets. We make simple and tasty dishes, and the children have so much fun cooking. Most of the children in the school didn’t even know what their basic vegetables were when we started, and now they can cook a meal with them. It is so important that children get the food they need to grow properly, and as equally important to be able to cook with it. We started 5 new school gardens this past year through Slow Food, so children can start to learn how to grow their food as well. I am proud to be part of the change, but it is going to take all of us to make it happen and keep it going, so for the sake of our children, please get involved.