Jamie Oliver – you may have heard of him – is running an online petition under the banner of Food Revolution Day. Or, if you are more twitteraly-inclined, #foodrevolutionday. In his words:
My wish is to create a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.
Tomorrow, the 15th of May, is the ‘Day’ part of Food Revolution Day and he is encouraging supporters to hold ‘foodie’ events or to just cook a meal with their family.
The ‘Food Revolution’ part is more wide-ranging than just one day and primarily asks for your support for a petition calling for compulsory practical food education across the school curriculum of all G20 countries. As someone in the middle of trying to re-educate myself about the food I eat, I think that this is a really important idea. In fact, I spent several hours on an organic farm today, learning about the work they do in bringing sustainable, well managed food to the market (and there will be more on that visit on the blog soon), and I have an ever-increasing appreciation of the benefits of educating ourselves about the food and drink we all consume.
If we do not understand what we are eating, where it comes from and how it gets from there to our plates, then we cannot begin to understand the implications (both good and bad) that it will be having on our health and wellbeing. Education and information empowers us.
The Food Revolution Day website has more practical information (recipes, school resources and more) and updates on the progress of both the petition and the wider ‘revolution’. And while the petition is currently clocking in at over a million signatures, there is still time to add your voice in support.
I will admit that I suffer from a chronic ability to see the other side in an argument – an affliction that dents conviction – and I don’t deny that there are likely to be challenges to implementing such a scheme. There needs to be facilities and space in the curriculum and teachers to teach this, and I don’t doubt that there are arguments against this ‘revolution’. But I still believe that that this is important and that any objections are challenges that should be overcome, not barriers that mean it’s not attempted. Which is why I have signed the petition.
Happy Food Revolution Day!