A food revolution: It’s not egg salad
Alice Waters promotes school gardens as a way to “help students learn the pleasure of physical work.”
Caitlin Flanagan, however, denounces school gardens as a patronizing and unfounded encroachment on the back-to-basics curricula that schools should be advancing.
In “Cultivating Failure: How school gardens cheat out most vulnerable students,” Flanagan contends we should see these initiatives for what they really are: “a way of bestowing field work and low expectations on a giant population of students who might become troublesome if they actually got an education.”
It is a stinging and provocative criticism, and one that I recommend reading — but her argument is powerfully rebutted, I think, with the following clip that woefully exposes the frightening ignorance kids have of what real, whole foods even look like.
Confronted with the fact that diet related disease is the biggest killer in the United States. Jamie’s one wish to change the world is to teach every kid about food. Please take 20 minutes and watch his passionate TED Prize talk, embedded below, about how we are slowly killing ourselves and our children with the foods we (don’t) eat.