Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Tell Congress: More Healthy Foods in Schools

Slow Food USA has a brilliant idea: Get people involved in letting our law makers know that we demand healthier and fresh foods in school cafeterias.

With childhood obesity at an all time high and diabetes 2 striking school age children, it’s time to serve fresh, green, and wholesome food as part of a daily diet and the educational process.

On September 7 (Labor Day) join an Eat-In to get involved.

Find out if there is an Eat-In near you or start your own. As I write this, there are 252 eat-ins, at least one in every state!

Also sign the petition, so you can tell Congress that there’s no excuse for federal policy that forces schools to serve the fast food and junk food that endangers children’s health.  It’s time to give schools the ability to serve real food, and to begin building a strong foundation for your children’s futures.

  1. Excellent site reference, Karyn. I went and looked at their list of “unhealthy ingredients in cafeteria food” (http://www.betterschoolfood.org/resources/unhealthy.cfm) and they did an excellent job of explaining what they are and why they are bad.

    For example: Partially Hydrogenated Oil

    –Semi-solid shortening made from liquid oils (such as canola and soybean) by reacting them with hydrogen
    –Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats
    –Gives baked goods and snacks a longer shelf life
    –Used in more than 40,000 food products in the U.S. according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
    –Trans fats increase harmful LDL cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease

    What is obvious is that these ingredients are added so that big business can save money. It is all about the almighty dollar. Businesses need to step back and disassociate themselves from the bottom line and look at the consumers who use their products as “people”

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