Slow Food USA sent me and about a bazillion others a note today urging us to write our representatives and ask that they not postpone voting on legislation to increase funding and research and programming for school lunches. Whew, that’s a mouthful.
Well, I agree. Of course, I do. Jamie Oliver is in the schools trying to get kids to put down the burgers and pick up the carrots.
Look to Japan for answers: In the late 1940’s, nach dem Krieg, the government started to develop programs, prefecture by prefecture, specific to each region in calories and ingredients, to get healthy diets for school age children. The program was an extension of the Meiji period’s initial school lunch program. In the 1950’s, the programs became law and with the help of state funded nutritionists and scientists, vegetable driven school lunches were established.
Nowadays, all kids in Japan must eat what’s served unless they can document medical allergies.
Eat that dried squid! Pick up the kelp! Got to love yuba!
Here’s a cool link to the Japanese program: search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090127i1.html