Today's lesson: global warming, local food, organic only...
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The story describes a fourth-grade classroom making whole wheat gingerbread applesauce mini muffins. The kids anxiously wait for the muffins to finish baking and then dig in. Gracie asks, “Do the muffins taste good?” And the kids nod their approval.
“Would anyone like to add anything else?”
“Trevoyie, one of the more eloquent kids in the group, happily volunteers. “I like cooking because I can express myself through the flavors, he says. “And I like gardening because it teaches me that even though plants can’t see or hear, I should treat them the way I’d like to be treated, because they provide food and help clean the air.” Gracie beams.
The alarms just went off in my head...
Helping provide more nutritious offerings to elementary school children sounds innocent, almost vanilla, yet the language and philosophical underpinnings of this fourth grader sounds an alarm for me.
We say that the attack on our modern food system is unrelenting and that media plays a key role in propagating misinformation and using food as a platform into other social issues. Is it possible that Gracie is teaching kids more than just nutrition? Could she, like other activists, be not-so-subtly planting her ideology about global warming, local food, capitalism, small farms, organic only, etc?