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Today's lesson: global warming, local food, organic only...

It’s about 5° here in Kansas City, so when our latest issue of Family Circle arrived bearing a front cover photo of thick, rich soup and touting Great Winter Recipes, it compelled my wife to thumb through its 194 pages. Inside was the story, Serving Up A Solution. Subheaded: Hoping to prevent childhood obesity, Gracie Cavnar’s Recipe for Success Foundation is teaching school kids to say no to fast food and yes—please!—to healthy, home-cooked meals.

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?

 

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# Mike 2011-04-20 04:58
I love how you accuse companies of preying on fear when advising customers that they don't use antibiotics or hormones; yet you infer that a woman is advocating for anti-capitalist communist socialism, simply because she writes a piece discussing childhood obesity and the lack of nutritional value in consuming fast food - the very definition of fear mongering! You always associate farmers market shopping with anti-capitalist sentiment. You think - or worse, want your reader to think - that individuals promoting an organic/ local diet are really just disguised communists seeking to abolish the free market. Despite your love of marketing and advertising, food consumption is the single most important aspect of any human being's life - for obvious reasons. Most who buy local do so to ensure their familiarity with the source of the meat they consume - also to know WHO is raising their food and HOW their food is being raised. Not because of a hidden political agenda. Sorry to disappoint.