Monday, March 29, 2010

Food Revolution

I'm no fan of reality TV, but I saw this clip on the Huffington Post and was shocked. On Jamie Oliver's new Reality Show he attempts to educate children about their food, and making healthy choices. He doesn't advocate for veganism, but it's a huge step in the right direction. He advocates for fresh, unprocessed diets, high in fruits and vegetables.

In this clip, he thinks showing the kids the nasty process in which chicken nuggets are made will turn them off. Well, it doesn't quite work out that way. Check it out:

I saw another clip recently where the children couldn't tell him what he was holding in his hand: a tomato. Scary.

After seeing this, I realized what and uphill battle this is really going to be. The next generation of kids in this country don't have even the most basic knowledge about food. I didn't think it was possible not to recognize a tomato.

What I want to see next is a vegan reality show. Let's put a bunch of nay-saying-omnis in a house and make them go vegan for 30 days. It'd be interesting to see how many stuck with it after it was over.


  1. I saw the show and it was shocking. Not one first grader could identify by name a potato, tomato, eggplant, turnip or peas! When he asked them if they knew what Catsup was there was a resounding yes, but none of them knew it was made out of tomatoes......

  2. I bet if he started from the point when it was a living breathing chicken, he would have gotten the result he wanted.

  3. Good point Shay. I have a feeling that would be "indecent" which is hypocritical. They show humans being killed on TV, but not animals.

  4. Just saw this on Colbert!

  5. That is scary. What on earth are they eating if they can't identify any veggies? Shudder to think.

    Hahaha great reality show, like The Biggest Loser, only vegan - The Biggest Vegan!

    (I watched a cooking episode of that show, and was impressed that the top ten foods identified by the trainer were vegan, like quinoa and flaxseed. Only non vegan one was fish.)