I love Jamie Oliver.
There. I said it. He is adorable and seems to be a great husband, father and now he is fighting for our children to have access to wholesome foods. And he has a great accent. Swoon. Sigh.
Jamie is a big brand. But let's forgive him that for a minute (I mean, he is talented).
He makes sense. It is only logical that we should want the best for our children! Yet we send them off to school with no nutritional information, no foundation, and ply them with deep fried food through their formative years. We are a nation obsessed with packaged convenience.
The show (Fridays, 8/9 Central on ABC) is - of course - a bit sensational and shocking because it is trying to grab people's attention. It makes for good TV. But, our kids are facing a much shorter lifespan than we are. That is sad and scary. The above link will also take you to full episodes. Jamie is on to something - if we don't take action and responsibility for the food that goes in to our mouths, the situation will only get worse.
From Jamie's site: "I believe that every child in America has the right to fresh, nutritious school meals, and that every family deserves real, honest, wholesome food. Too many people are being affected by what they eat. It's time for a national revolution. America needs to stand up for better food!
You live in an amazing country full of inspirational people and you have the power to change things. With your help, we can get better food into homes, schools and communities all over America and give your kids a better future. Sign the petition to save America's cooking skills and improve school food. It could be the most important thing you ever do for your family. America's health needs you now!"