I am not one to watch Reality TV, but last Sunday night I checked out ABC’s new reality series: Jamie’s Food Revolution. It was the promos that made me very interested to watch this show—the topic is right up our alley. I am very excited about what Jamie Oliver is all about. I hope these few clips will peak your interest. As we all know, it all comes down to education.
Jamie brings the kind of in your face spunk and heart that it will take to bring about change in our eating patterns that has so sickened the modern world.
Who is Jamie Oliver?
They call him the UK Celebrity Chef. In this very brief clip one of his major accomplishment, getting UK officials to allocate $1 billion to improve the UK’s school luncheon program, is sited—the UK’s Feed Me Better healthy school luncheon program. This is all in response to the fact that over 25% of the UK’s children are overweight.
Finally regarding Jamie’s background before we bring him to America, the following New Zealand TV station interview shows his garden and his home turf. You will see clearly what he is promoting.
Now Jamie has come to America to educate parents, children and communities about food and obesity. For 18 months he traveled around the U.S. researching our eating habits. For the launch of his campaign Jamie choose Huntington West Virginia—with the dubious distinction of being the unhealthiest city in America
So Oliver decided to take matters into his own hands, all with the hopes of creating a positive chain reaction across this country. He shot a six-part reality series, “Jamie’s Food Revolution,” airing on ABC over three months. He challenged the residents of Huntington to change their minds, their habits and the contents of their refrigerators.
This clip presents excerpts from the first show that was aired this past Sunday. It speaks for itself—Jamie’s Food Revolution: Huntington, West Virginia.
How do we change America?
In England Jamie is known as the naked chef, not because he is naked, but because he wants our food to be—free of additives, fake flavors, processed foods….He wants everyone to eat food that is fresh, pure, unadorned. In one amazing part of the segment above, he asks a class of Huntington’s elementary school kids as he shows them a bunch of real live ripe tomatoes still on the vine, to identify the vegetable. Nobody could answer! When he asked them if they know what ketchup is—they all raised their hands.
Jamie Oliver is using the reality show format to change a community, and therefore a nation, with changes that we know must be made in our food system. He is using a media that many of our citizens view and he is putting out a truly uncompromised message about the desperate problem we have created with our eating habits and our present food system. He uses humor, irreverence, emotion, candor, graphic illustrations to make his points. He has put forth clear goals for Huntington to achieve, goals for all to see and to identify with, and to take pride in as their community demonstrates to all that they can be a winner.
We know that change has to happen in all segments of our society in regards to food and eating habits, but what could be a more appropriate place to start than in our school lunch programs.
As Jamie says in the above clip about his food crusade:
God bless Jamie Oliver.
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