>My reading assignment for my contemporary food movements class today was on “farm-to-school”(FTS) initiatives. This made me think of when Kath spent time in middle school cafeterias! The article I read focused on two cases in Pennsylvania one in a rural environment and one in an urban environment. The initial goal of FTS was to bring local, healthful food to K-12 students. This would call their attention to their surroundings, help them become more familiar with the culture of their area and strengthen school relationships with local farmers.
However after these initiatives were put into place parents and faculty members of the schools realized that much more could be achieved from FTS, such as addressing issues of nutrition and obesity in children. Several arguments were made in favor of these programs promoting health such as…
- They will be able to set healthy “food traditions” in place such as cooking real meals as opposed to the fast food and quick fix world we so often live in
- They can promote proper nutrition because the food the farmers will be most likely to provide will be fruit and vegetables
- It gives the schools a gateway and a link to incorporating a health curriculum that would include wellness and nutrition