When the American kids in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution couldn’t tell a potato from a tomato, many Canadians assumed our kids would fare much better. But would they?
Basic food education doesn’t exists in our schools. Even though food is as essential as the air kids breathe, most kids don’t know where the food they see in supermarkets comes from, much less what to do with it to make it delicious.
Foodshare’s Recipe for Change wants food education integrated into the k-12 curriculum. And so it should be. Food is the cornerstone of health. The obesity and diabetes epidemics are in part, the result of our collective ambivalence about food.
On October 8th, Foodshare and its partners are holding a great, big Eat-In on the lawn of Queen’s Park. At the Eat-In 700 kids from across Ontario schools will participate in events and activities designed to help them learn and enjoy food.
While the “main event” at Queens Park is limited to select schools, some non-profits and the media, Foodshare is hoping that schools across the province will join in and host food workshops they’ve designed in their schools.
Ontario’s Own has been invited to host a food tasting workshop on the lawn of Queen’s Park. We’re hoping the kids we meet know their potatoes from their tomatoes. In fact, we’re hoping they’ll know their Macs from their Spys. Maybe a bit ambitious, but hey, we can dream and work toward something better.