“Ritz” crackers should not count as a grain!

My mother recently forwarded this to meĀ http://gawker.com/mom-gives-kids-homemade-lunch-school-forces-them-to-ea-1466822586/@neetzanz

Basically, a Mother in Manitoba was fined by her children’s because her home-packed, homemade, whole food lunch lunch did not include a serving of grains. Along with the fine, the school “supplemented” her children’s lunches with Ritz crackers to make up for the “lack” of a grain.

There is so much wrong with this. First of all, following the food guide literally to a T can be completely misleading about what a healthy, wholesome and nutritious diet should include.

Second of all, why does every meal have to include a grain? What if these kids had grains at breakfast and will have grains at dinner?

Third of all, what about the kids who are allergic to wheat? What about those who are vegetarian or lactose intolerant? What would the school do to their homemade lunches? How can they follow the Food Guide to a T?

Fourth of all, and maybe most important? HOW ON EARTH ARE RITZ CRACKERS CONSIDERED A HEALHY SUPPLEMENT? The whole point of following the food guide at this school, I presume, is to make sure children are eating a balanced, wholesome and nutritious meal. Yet somehow Ritz crackers are considered crucial to that? In our fight against the packaged food industry and obesity and health of young people, this is concerning.

What does everyone think of this? Should schools have the power to do this?

I think that it is great that schools are checking homemade lunches but what is important is the food and nutrition knowledge of those who are checking. Clearly, there are a lot of things that need to be addressed here.

Edible Schoolyard Project

I know this is not news, but we watched this in class a few weeks back and I think this is AMAZING.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qApx7O6phWo

Of course, this project takes place in California. The wonderful climate there certainly makes this easier but I still think programs like this could (and should!) happen anywhere.

I am a firm believer that kids are the ones who really need to learn about the issues in our food production and what we actually put in our bodies. One way to change this is definitely to target food education in the schools. Kids carry the messages home and are so impressionable in their young age. A lot of time children are only eating processed food because it is what their parents give them- they are not even aware of it’s detrimental effects on their health. We need to make these kids aware! And we need to teach them about sustainable and local farming.

Way to go Edible Schoolyard!!!!

I can’t believe I had never heard of this project until recently!!