Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Childrens Health by Amy Kalafa

“Our kids might be the first generation in history on track to lead shorter lives than their parents.” Michelle Obama, as quoted by Amy Kalafa.

That is a sobering thought, yes? This book is full of such tidbits. Here’s a few more:

  • Our country uses 15 trillion pounds a year of over 80,000 industrial chemicals, tested on by the manufacturers. Pesticides account for 4.4 billion pounds of those chemicals annually.
  • The cost of fresh fruit and vegetables has risen 40% in the past 20 years. The cost of soda, sweets, meat, dairy, fats and oils has decreased by as much as 20% at the same time.
  • Only 2% of school-age children eat the USDA’s serving recommendations for all 5 major food groups. Half of America’s school-children eat less than one serving of fruit a day.

That is just a tiny sampling of the sobering facts catalogued in the opening chapter of Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health. And once you get by the very informative, if slightly overwhelming in it’s data-dump-titude, opening, what follows is an informative manifesto on how to go about getting your schools’ food program in shape. All the tools you need; letters, press releases, surveys, and more are at your disposal. However, if you’re not the type to go stormin’ the castle, takin’ on the whole school system, there is a lot of information on how to start a food revolution in your own home. Even saving your own child goes a long way toward saving a few more. My own daughter, who eats like an angel with very little influence, has helped her own friends make better food choices. Every little bit helps!

“A rising tides lifts all boats.” John F. Kennedy, as quoted by Amy Kalafa.

If this book doesn’t leave you feeling empowered, inspired, and ready for action, I don’t know what will.

A French study found that sugar was a more powerful choice than cocaine, even for a rat population addicted to cocaine.

The sad fact is that, despite being one of the major super powers of the world, our children do not eat as well as most of the modern world. We eat too much refined sugar, processed foods, fruits and vegetables laden with chemicals, meat saturated with steroids, antibiotics, and other such nasty things and it is doing terrible things to our bodies. We all need to eat “farm-fresh, chemical-free, whole, unprocessed food” that is not only good for us, but “healthier for the planet, and probably better for lots of other people as well.” And the way to learn is to teach ’em young. We have to start with the children.

Penguin was kind enough to sponsor this review and a lot more through BlogHer. Join the conversation; it is sure to be a doozy. Also check out Amy Kalafa’s website, Two Angry Moms, which is also the title of a documentary she made on the same subject. I can’t wait to watch it.

I was compensated for this review, but let me tell ya, it doesn’t color my review at all. This topic is too near and dear to my heart.

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