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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Green Mom Concerned about School Lunches in the US


In our recent blog, Roland introduced the movie, “Food Matters.” And I cannot forget the words “You are what you eat” which David Wolfe mentioned in the movie. I feel this statement is really true, simple and profound for human beings. However, it seems that most people do not even want to try, much less regularly eat, the right foods.

Recently, I read a newspaper article and found something that I cannot believe. The article said that schools have in the past cooperated with large food corporations to feed sodas to school children. This sounds like the US Government using our tax dollars to make our children sick for life?

When I was in primary school in JAPAN, each school has at least one nutritionist and some experienced school lunch food chefs on staff. We were always looking forward to having a monthly menu which the nutritionist created specifically for the needs of growing children. It was well balanced, and the menu listed in detail the ingredients and how much nutrition, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, calories and fats were in our daily meal. The Japanese Government states people’s nutrition standards, so especially, schools should provide enough nutrition rich school lunches every day. In Japan, most of our public schools have a lunch program like that. So, children can eat fresh, healthy and delicious lunches everyday. In addition, soda is never on the school lunch menu in JAPAN.

Besides, my parents prohibited having sodas and coffee when I was a child. So I had no chance to taste them, and now, as an adult, I am not interested in having sodas and coffee since I did not start this habit as a school child. I appreciate that my parents taught me how to avoid junk foods which helps me for the rest of my life.

My husband and I are raising our child healthy. We have never fed a hamburger, pizza, junk food, fast food, processed food, or typical supermarket food to our son. We feed him freshly prepared organic meals with no animal foods. He has never been sick since he was born. He is really healthy. However, I am concerned that when our son attends school that he will be exposed to possibly only unhealthy food choices in the public schools. In that instance it will be hard for me to know that he is eating healthy. Even if I provide him with healthy food from home, he might be coerced or tempted to try the junk food they serve at public schools. It seems that a safer choice would be to place him in a private school instead of a public school where their standards are higher. I would say “Children are what you feed them” and I take the responsibility to make the right food choices for my child.


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