A simple factoid that you may not know is that produce, including fruits and vegetables, that has a simple blemish or bruise on the surface are automatically thrown out, so only the best ones are shined up and will be purchased, while the others had really nothing wrong with them to begin with. This is the first problem we are dealing with when it comes to providing healthy nutrition to our communities as many of these products could be going to a good cause such as different shelters or low income families that can use them. Does this not set the tone on what is going on here in our society of wasting good, healthy food that could be donated for those in disparity?
If we wonder why our communities are facing obesity epidemics today, look at how there is so much easy access to unhealthy food such as fast food and low cost microwaveable or oven heated foods right at our finger tips. One can go out and have a meal prepared within minutes that is high in fat and high in carbohydrates, but yet it is all about convenience and having food that is highly processed right at the palm of your hand.
This is how it has become within the school lunches over the last fifty years or more. Did you know that today 1 out 3 people are obese, due to our western way of life eating fast food? Whereas only 1 out of 15 people were obese in the 1980. This was simply from eating more fresh vegetation and being more physically active.
It is time we start learning the concept of bringing food from the farm to the table and especially to the school lunches. Enough with the deep fried food products such as chicken or fish and French fries that are easily handed out with just a little, if any, fruit or vegetables. Now it is time to turn this table around and supply schools with more fruits and vegetables which should be their first choice of food, along with lean protein, non-breaded and non-deep fried poultry or fish with limited beef or pork. It is also a time to stay away from pastas and heavy carbs such as potatoes which have made it easy for the families and school districts with an easy preparation of food.
The easy answer to this is bringing food from farm to table and farm to schools. Working with farmers is key in bringing in fresh, local produce to markets and school districts. This is a great way to boost up the economy for local farmers and to start getting healthier foods to individuals, families and schools including grade schools to high schools. Another concept is to have the individuals, families and schools learn to grow their own vegetation such as tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, along with radishes, peas and bell peppers. Studies have shown that taking part in growing, cultivating or working with local farmers for produce will inspire and make a community prouder in their health and they will know where their food is coming from and how to provide for themselves in a health way for a better lifestyle.
Bring Farm to Table and Everywhere……