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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is proving a big hit for ABC, but it remains to be seen whether the show will really spark a movement toward healthier eating in our nation’s junk-food plagued public schools. It’s to be expected that the forces of resistance against Jamie (curmudgeonly cook Alice, the snarky Sean Hannity-esque radio host) are played up for the makings of good dramatic television, but I’m betting that much of the opposition is the real deal.

Food journalist Michael Pollan wrote last year in a New York Times Op-Ed piece that “reforming the food system is politically even more difficult than reforming the health care system.” To see the truth in this statement, one need look no further than big ag’s efforts to thwart Baltimore City Public Schools’ adoption of Meatless Monday in its school cafeterias.

And while the cable news crazies’ reaction to the BCPS Meatless Monday effort seemed overblown and self-serving (Glenn Beck: “…You’ll throw me in jail, my last meal will be a giant steak”), you have to wonder why no other school districts have yet followed suit. Could the meat industry lobbyists be winning? The push to make Mondays meat-free at New York City public schools is, as of now, the only other school effort I know of, and it’s still under consideration.

God forbid we try to take mystery meat patties out of the mouths of babes.

–Jennifer Grayson

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One Response to “Will Jamie Oliver spark a Meatless Monday revolution?”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    What truly puzzles me is why conservatives would be against better quality food and improved health and longevity. It seems like food is something that should transcend party divisions, and yet…here we are embroiled in another political fight.

    Omnivore’s Dilemma was an eye-opener for many people. I hope Jamie Oliver’s show will give the industrial/processed food problem more exposure to people who otherwise wouldn’t know or care about it.

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