Real Food

A course of study at every grade level for children to learn about real food - what it is, where it is from, how it is grown, the benefits to body, mind, spirit. Learning the difference between manufactured, processed food and how these can compromise and even harm the body. Learning to read labels. At each grade level, teachers would have an age appropriate syllabus where the children can participate in field trips, going to local markets, farms, participate in planting, learn about permaculture, urban gardening if they live in a big city. Prep and cooking classes would taught. Healthy food that nourishes the body and brain encourages healthy growth and development, inspires love of learning, brings families/friends together. Parent/ Family participation would be incorporated.

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  • cross-curriculum approach to include cellular structure, photosynthesis process, video production of organic grower's system to reduce toxic chemicals in farming; bugs that eat plant pests, etc.

  • A million thanks for posting this inintmarfoo.

  • Short, sweet, to the point, FREE-eaxlcty as information should be!

  • I like the idea of teaching kids about real natural food. However, you do realize that such an education will fly up against the left wing and animal rights activists as meats and dairy are all a part of that healthier real food understanding.

  • PLEASE DISCUSS THE TOXIC CHEMICALS FOUND IN OUR EVERYDAY FOODS (EVEN IF TRACES ARE TINY), WHICH ARE A CARCINOGEN AND CAUSES POOR HEALTH AND EVEN DISEASE.

  • Another user mentioned the differences in what people consider to be food. {FYI, I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian} Perhaps another aspect of this idea could include comparing the unfeasibility of billions eating meat regularly or the hidden costs for many millions to consume meats as a staple in their diet. Students must be shown gently and compassionately how agribusinesses and the people who work within are reduced to monstrous, rather than humane, treatment of animals to provide for the numbers of people who want to buy the meat. The next point may fall into another category, but inclusion of how misuse of foods affects and cause diseases may fit. The amount of hidden sugar in the diet of United States is astonishing, (let alone the obvious sugar). As I am writing I recognize that this is about another idea. Education about wellness and nutrition based on science, facts and evidence -not the FDA party line which is rife with untruths.

  • I really do appreciate your concept. But manufacturing and processing is almost near to one another. Instead you say Organic Food. All the children should be taught difference between Organic food and non organic food. and how to grow organic food . What is the point even if you grow non organic food?

  • excelent good idea

  • Agreed - many people in some countries have lost touch with what real, healthy food is & it is badly affecting our physical & mental health.

  • That's a beautiful idea. It's true that there's very little knowledge and interest towards those things in many places. I completely support this.

  • great idea

  • Would also like to see included -- harvesting of safe/edible plants in your local area with a clear message that not all "natural" foods are good for you (poisonous mushrooms, for instance); what is not safe/edible in your own garden/grocery store (eg. rhubarb leaves); and would love to see some history of food, too -- how ancient man became farmers by choosing seeds and planting; the history of the world changed by some foods -- fishing off the North American coast a huge influence on coming to the New World (oh, and tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, corn, etc., etc. spread from the New World to the rest of the world); spice route (even recent history -- the many lovely apple types that we can't find in stores because they don't travel well/bruise easily (think of the Asian apple pears you can find in stores -- protected in their own little recyclable wrappers -- so why not protect variety/preserve history/allow people their own healthy choices in North America the same way), or don't produce the volume per tree that fruit growers associations would like, so they refuse to handle them at all).

  • You say real food. But I don't know what real food is anymore. I'm a teenager in High School. I am at the top of my class and in the last few years, I and my family have begun growing our own food in an organic garden. I agree with you in the fact that children need to be educated on what they eat. And I support Thomas Jefferson's Yeoman vision for society. It provides us with an idea with self-sufficiency and ... I think that is something very important. I know that you're only suggesting that we inform them, but I think that simply growing a single carrot will give them a different philosophical vent on the world and vastly change our future in humanity. It sounds simple and perhaps I'm drifting from your initial intention but it is such a vast topic.
    My fellow classmate joke by saying that milk comes from a carton, or pudding comes from the supermarket, that meat is from the local fast food restaurant. A previous reply stated that it would lead to deeper conflict and would have to be approached gently. I eat meat, but only that of which I know has been treated humanely. It disgusts me that everyday there are cows and pigs stuffed into stalls and fed till they nearly explode and then they're killed to be mashed up and ... I hate the whole process. And if people actually thought about it, I think they would as well. Food in America is much more different than food in different countries. While it is more abundant, the whole system is much less transparent. Let me finish this idea first though, before I continue. McDonald's was holding their chicken's in small cages where they could barely move and they got in deep trouble for it... GMOs. No more chemical spray or herbicides or pesticides. Again, as a previous commentator said, there are HUGE doses of chemicals being found on apples and oranges, among other things. I want to stop playing God, and I want there to be more transparency on GMOs. Monsanto scientists will not eat anything but organic foods in their own cafeterias. What does that tell you? There is so much more that I think needs to be said but that I do not have enough time to type. I will become an activist and I will fight this. I agree full heartedly in what you are saying and will strive to encourage this information to be inputed into our schools.

  • Un point ed départ essentiel dans la vie!

  • Every school ought to have at least garden and kitchen. If possible, a farm!

  • I don't think it should be mandatory but I do agree

  • Good Idea

  • Excellent idea. The thing is that adding that course to the schedule in schools, is pretty much fighting against the system, indirectly. The markets of chicken, beef, bacon in the U.S. claim to be as fresh and healthy as an apple, which, is not entirely true. If that's the case, why aren't they banned, inspected, etc? Because there are business connections between government and those guys. McDonald's and such (main clients of these food production companies, or even themselves as production company) are very well informed of this, and they too have their little issues with junk food which, of course, are silently protected.

  • This should be the primary area of focus in education....teach children how their bodies work and grow and development and the direct link to food and their health. Also, how to GROW food that is good for you to eat.

  • It's a great idea. The education is the power. Is the only way we can change things

  • A very sound and sustainable aproach to a growing problem in the world today, I am totally for it!!

  • Realy good, but bad idea. The problem is that government is forcing children to listen to its brainwashing over the years. This iwould simply become more government brainwashing. It is better to eliminate the mandate of government forced brainwashing in schools If schools are required, make them mandate math, certain sciences, and pure English. Other courses are subjective, therefore elective.

  • Food studies are part of the curriculum, in the health and physical education section. It is up to teachers, and input from parents is important as well, to ensure that more than just the government minimums are taught. Enlightened educators make sure that controversial subjects are examined in the classroom and encourage students to make wise choices. Parents and other interested parties - help us by contributing to the discussions and asking government to include crucial topics into the approved curriculums!

  • Children need to be taught to fuel their body as they would a machine with foods that will provide nutrients and energy to preserve their health and longevity because the body is a complex and genius temple.

  • I object because this would be a waste of a class period that should be used for more important subjects. If this class is mandatory, then children who already eat well will be forced to waste their time on something that doesn't apply to them.

  • again, as many other subjects in this Education tab, this is basic knowledge and everyone should know and should be NORMAL!

    Schools are places for more Specific education...

    Now if you say that there should be more awereness by the parents and the people at home? Yes, there should be.

  • You will get my vote if you state that we can still choose to eat a burger if we want or maybe chile cheese fries..

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