Why we must have a complete re-design of our food information system
Did you see the news this week (see link below) about how some school districts are dropping their “healthier” lunch programs? Not that their “healthier” lunches were ever that healthy anyway. And now they’re dropping them because many of the kids won’t eat them. So they’re bringing back the burgers, fries and pizza.
This photo is one of their “healthier” lunches. White flat bread roast beef sandwich, apple sauce, chocolate milk and a cookie. Not exactly a whole foods, plant-based 4Leaf meal, is it? I doubt that it would even score at the 1-leaf level on our 4Leaf scale. Click on this link to learn how well you’re doing on that scale. It’s free and takes about two minutes.
So what’s the problem with school lunches? Michelle Obama has been working on them for five years now and we’re constantly hearing news about the improvements that are taking place. But the kids are still obese and type 2 diabetes rates are soaring all across the country. And Michelle is still drinking cow’s milk. What’s going on?
There is no PLAN for educating the public about what they should be eating and WHY. In my blog earlier this week, I called for the complete re-design of the entire system that controls the flow of information about food in the USA and, to some extent, around the world.
The system I am talking about is VAST and it has never provided clear information to the public about exactly what comprises the healthiest diet—one that is capable of reversing heart disease and preventing cancer. The sad part is that the diet we should be eating is so easy to describe. I can do it in two words—WHOLE PLANTS. We should be deriving most of our calories from whole plants.
What about the parents? We can’t expect the kids to develop healthy eating habits if their parents don’t show them how. And how is that supposed to happen when we have a system that thinks that white bread, roast beef, cow’s milk and cookies are healthy foods?
The solution to this mess is simple. Not easy, but simple. Every parent in America needs to be taught the absolute truth about healthy eating—for their own health AND for the health of their children. Personally, I concluded that our current system will never get this done. And I proposed a simple solution, one that I explained in detail in this the 8-27-13 blog entitled Rx for Global Food Information System. Complete Re-design.
That blog contains a workable PLAN to inform every American citizen and much of the entire world exactly what healthy eating is all about. That PLAN was created due to a near certainty that our civilization will collapse by the end of this century—unless we make some radical changes in how we live.
And there is no human activity that needs more radical change than the way we eat—when it comes to longterm sustainability. My conclusion:
Shifting to a whole foods, plant-based diet will do more to ensure the long-term survival of our species than ALL other possible initiatives combined.
Win-Win-Win. As Dr. Campbell said in The China Study, “It turns out that if we eat the way that promotes the best health for ourselves, we also promote the best health for the planet.” And a healthy planet is what we need to sustain us as a species. And the best thing we can do for the health of our planet is choosing a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Ending on a good note!
So this blog won’t be all bad news, I wanted to share this 15-minute video entitled: Impact of Fresh Healthy Foods on Learning and Behavior. This video is all about the wonderful things that happened in Appleton, Wisconsin, when a school district there decided to get serious about nutrition.
Before the change, there were many behavioral problems, including weapons—that have simply disappeared. The students are now calm and well-behaved since the junk food and soda have been replaced with water and nutritious, whole, plant-based foods. What about the cost? How about a reduction in the district’s budget of FIVE MILLION dollars a year? They make the point that when you invest in one area (like nutrition), costs go down in other areas—like security.
I watched the entire video carefully and applaud what they’re doing in Wisconsin. My only complaint is that the food education is still not complete—and won’t be until we replace our current dairy-controlled system. In the video— the fruits, veggies and whole grains far outweighed the few shots of eggs and cow’s milk. (Thanks Leo, for sending me this video)
For your convenience, in addition to the source article, I have provided links to a few other blogs that I have written about kids health in the last few years.
- Source article. Some schools dropping unpopular healthy lunch options.
- An earlier blog on this topic. School Lunches. Not Great—but more good news than bad.
- Another earlier blog. Are the kids “really” eating better in schools?
- 6th Grade Arithmetic and Food—Not Rocket Science
- Early puberty problem in America; continuing to worsen.
- School lunches. Federal guidelines & Michelle Obama—not getting it done
Handy 5-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
- Dr. Campbell’s new book: WHOLE, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.
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