Today we talked about our countries ignorance of GMO’s and the way we eat food. Recently school food has been in the headlines because apparently tomato paste is now a vegetable (Though we all know tomato’s are fruits..) Well not ALL schools are moving in a bad direction. I went to high school at Kansas City Academy, a small alternative private school in Kansas City, Mo. My high school is very progressive in not only teaching methods but in steps to create a better community. During my years at KCA the students after turning 16 are allowed to leave campus to eat. It was awesome, but posed a big problem, we were all eating at the fast food joints that have taken over the Waldo Neighborhood. When my senior year rolled around, KCA brought in Bistro Kids to help us make a change. Bistro Kids buys directly from local family farmers, retailers, and food producers, who in turn get all the proceeds. Also, the school built a hoop house for veggies as well as raised bed gardens. They worked together to make their lunches as sustainable as possible.
Granted, my high school is tiny. It’s much harder for bigger schools to adopted this system but it’s something worth looking into. Chicken nuggets and pizza aren’t the only option. When school lunch programs were created about 100 years ago, they weren’t made to create profit, they were made to feed the mouths of children. As time has passed the more important concern is the needs of companies selling them soda, frozen foods and candies. It’s hard to change something that’s already in place, but if more schools followed Kansas City Academy’s ways maybe we would see things change for the better.