May 15 is Food Revolution Day, a worldwide incentive championed by Jamie Oliver to help families and children learn about where their food comes from and nutrition in general.
Here’s what Mr. Oliver had to say about it:
“Obesity is one of the three biggest social burdens created by human beings alongside smoking, and armed violence, war, and terrorism. Obesity costs $2trillion dollars globally each year. The G20 has a vested interest in addressing this burden and the tools to realize the solutions, making it the ideal target for this petition
The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.
So I’m asking that you do two simple things – first, please sign this petition to show your support for compulsory practical food education in schools across the world, then, most importantly, share it via your social networks.”
~ Jamie Oliver
While this is not a vegan campaign, it nonetheless brings awareness to the epidemic of undernourished, obese or hungry children, and what can be done about it.
Food revolution day is fighting to put compulsory practical food education on the school curriculum.
Join Jamie Oliver and friends in this worldwide campaign by signing his petition. Here are some of the campaign’s main points:
“With diet-related diseases rising at an alarming rate, it has never been more important to educate children about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies.
Worldwide there are more than 42 million children under the age of five who are overweight or obese. By educating children about food in a practical, fun and engaging way, we can provide them with the knowledge and skills they so urgently need to lead healthier, happier lives.
We need to make practical food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum across the world, and that’s why I’ve launched a petition calling on all G20 countries to action this. With enough support from millions of people around the world, I truly believe that we can create a movement that’s powerful enough to make governments take action.”
~ Jamie Oliver
There have already been hugely positive steps in the right direction. Here are some examples:
>>> In England, The School Food Plan made cooking lessons and food education a compulsory part of the curriculum.
>>> In Mexico, all schools promote healthy eating through compulsory nutrition education, thanks to the General Law on Education.
>>> In Brazil, the School Health Programme has made food and nutrition education a fundamental part of their basic curriculum.
>>> Food education has also been part of the curriculum in Japan since 2005, and Finland has a long history of home economics.
But we still have a long way to go. Good, practical and compulsory food education should be available in every school for every child.
Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran and other celebrities collaborate with Jamie Oliver for this important cause:
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