Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver gets mentioned briefly by Gilman (and I believe he has come up before in relation to a few other books we’ve read). His knack for making very visual points is fairly unparalleled in my opinion. He definitely has ideas about what is causing childhood obesity and spends a lot of time talking about the abundance of processed foods and the over-consumption of sugar. This video is about his wish to teach every child about food. 

I tend to think he is fairly persuasive in his arguments, but then again, I’m a sucker for a dramatic visual effect.

Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk

 

 

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  1. kloknyc

     /  April 11, 2012

    I tend to agree that Oliver’s argument is solid and although he doesn’t address issues of inequalities of access to healthy food options I think his wish and mission for healthy food in schools alongside educational programs is a great start..at least those kids eating school meals might be able to receive one or two healthier meals each day.

    His talk reminded me..the other day while visiting a girlfriend I was standing in her kitchen and happened to see her 7 yr. old son’s school menu for the month of April. 3 of the 5 days each week pizza was one of the alternate options, fries were a staple, alongside ‘chicken chunks’ which I assume are chicken nuggets. Arguably there were a few healthy options but by and large it was just a sad school menu.

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  2. Jamie Oliver just manages to keep popping up here. It’s interesting that he sees the food industry and private corporations as responsible actors in funding and initiating change. Granted I skipped around so maybe I missed his call for government intervention, although, I have to wonder what that might look like. Obviously there are Levine tie ins here, but I am always so disturbed by his use of that one family as a model, and how they fit into stereotypes about the rural South.

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