Just saw Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. (What would I do without my TiVo?) I love his ideas, of course. Kids should have access to real foods. Nothing processed or chemical-laced. And milk should not be defined as “white.” Since when is plain milk called “white?” But as I sat watching the show something struck me. The kids were all eating with plastic forks. Yogurt was spooned into Styrofoam cups, which were used once and thrown away. Milk didn’t come in the cardboard cartons like it did when I was a kid. It came in clear plastic jugs. Sure, there was plenty of real food but it was served in an unnatural way. Lots of plastic, no recycling (that I could see), lots of waste.
It’s Saturday, so I’m not going to write a long blog. I’m sure you don’t want to read a long blog. But I did want to put this out there: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is great. But while we’re at it how about fostering some love and concern for our earth? Jamie says he wants real, unprocessed food, but where are we going to grow that food if we keep polluting our waterways and killing our ground with plastic and chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), which NEVER go away. Never.
So on this Saturday evening I say can we take it to the next level? While we’re teaching those kids to love what is found in nature, how about we show them that it’s important to protect nature. We must find a way to eat while at the same time avoiding waste. Kids should be recycling and — if they have to use disposables — they should be using more earth-friendly options. Companies like BioSmart Packaging are a good example. But I still think that the best option is to teach kids how to go completely green by using metal utensils and ceramic plates and cups like they do in Nashville or some of the other schools that have taken the waste-free lunch challenge.
Because the real revolution is more than just eating the right foods. The real revolution keeps our bodies and our environment clean and healthy.
Hope you’re having a good weekend! How does your school handle the environmental issue of food service? Would you consider advocating for a waste-free cafeteria?