I watched ‘TED Talks: Whats Wrong with School Lunches?’ with Ann Cooper. She discusses malnutrition in America- specifically what is serve in school. Her audience seems to be parents and educators in a position to advocate for children’s health. She takes a wider look at the entire system of agriculture we have in the U.S.- the amount of pesticides we use and the surplus of big corporations vs the low number of farmers. Cooper renovated the school lunch programs in Berkeley bringing healthy food to schools for lunch. She teaches children cooking classes, teaches about how to grow food and where it comes from and fostering relationships between the kids and food. I thought the topic of pesticide and antibiotic additives was very interesting. I did not know that U.S agriculture uses 1.2 billion lbs of pesticides every year. That is 5 lbs for every single American.
I felt the Cooper did show her bias a few times during her talk by using words like “good food”(opposed to bad food), insisting we are what we eat, labeling processed food as ‘garbage’, and trash talking the USDA.
My feelings towards the topic is that I absolutely agree with what Cooper is saying about the importance of childrens’ nutrition. I do also know however that feeding your children healthy and organic meals is not always a realistic goal for families of lower socioeconomic status. Ann’s program sounds like it is heading us in the right direction making healthy food available to children coming from a variety of families.
1. Cooper, A., (2007). Whats wrong with school lunches?. TED talks.