|March 25, 2005:
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced a new ‘organic
and local’ priority for school lunches.
The new plan, which will seek to swap junk food with
healthy local and organic alternatives, was pushed forward
by a lot of increasingly concerned and vocal parents,
including one famous father with a real food connection.
UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and father of two started
the Feed Me Better Campaign, which has already collected
200,000 signatures, after trying to change the school
menus at a Greenwich, south-east London, school. The
entire process was documented in a TV series titled
Jamie's School Dinners.
In response to the campaign the uproar caused by the
program, the Prime Minister has ordered school kitchens
rebuilt, cupboards stocked with proper utensils and
cafeteria workers trained in the culinary arts so meals
can be cooked fresh.
Funding for the projects will come out of the £9.4
billion allocated for primary school building program,
according to a statement by Mr. Blair.
Excerpted from an article in The Observer, read the
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