|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 complete story