Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Are School Cafeterias Serving Sustainable Food?

Try remembering your school cafeteria. Are you having flashbacks of hot dogs, Sloppy Joes and micro-waved meat or Tater Tots and candies? In our times, healthy or not, food was cooked in the school kitchen. But today, most of the schools in America not only serve lunch in prepackaged containers but fast food is also being delivered on certain days of the week. The number of obese children in the United States has shot up to 50% in the last 20 years. Low quality processed food and sugary junk food served in school cafeterias is being considered a major reason for the expanding waistline of young adults and children.

Are children being served healthy food at school? More than 50% school-going kids have their breakfast lunch and after school snack from their school cafeteria. With the concept of healthy and sustainable food catching on around the country, schools are being encouraged to serve good quality lunch to the students. Various schools and colleges are making efforts to expose students to the benefits of having nutritious and sustainable food. Some schools have started organizing gardening programs where children are learning how to grow and prepare the food.

Incorporating benefits of sustainable food in school curriculums has come as a relief to parents all over the country who are concerned about the quality of food being served to their kids at school. Schools may be coming up with creative ways to feed sustainable food to the students, but will the children addicted to junk food accept this change?

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