Food Revolution Day: The Children of the Revolution

Food Revolution Day: The Children of the Revolution

June 03, 2016

Food Revolution Day: The Children of the Revolution

Once again this May, a day dedicated to fresh and tasty food will be held to remind the world of the benefits of healthy eating which needs to be a core message in children’s education.

Fresh food is not only tasty, but can also help to keep us healthy and happy. This is the key message of Food Revolution Day, to be held on 20 May 2016, celebrating the pleasure of cooking and eating fresh and healthy food.
I want to create a strong and sustainable movement to teach children about everything to do with food, to encourage families to get back to proper cooking and to give everyone, wherever they are in the world, the tools to fight obesity” said Internationally-renowned British chef, Jamie Oliver, who has been a partner of the BCFN Foundation for several years, as well as a supporter of the Milan Protocol, directly involved with his Food Revolution Day campaign.

Putting food education on the curriculum
“Junk food=junk kids”, or in other words, if children eat unhealthy food, they won’t be able to grow up healthy and happy. This slogan sums up the spirit that drives Jamie Oliver and his ambitious but achievable plan of placing food education among the compulsory school subjects. Teaching children to understand food, eat healthily and cook is a winning strategy to reverse the current trend of an increasingly overweight world with an unhealthy relationship with food. Data collected by BCFN in the latest volume of Eating Planet speaks for itself: for the first time in human history, more people around the world are overweight than underweight, and estimates for 2030 show a very worrying scenario where 41% of the world’s population is overweight or obese. “We can’t go on like this, neither from a health point of view nor from an economic one”, explains Oliver, convinced that the solution to this problem must involve children first and foremost.

As he stated when signing the Milan Protocol, "every child has the right to be fed correctly and to be taught about food, where it comes from and how it affects our body. However, this can only happen if we resolve the confusion in today’s global food system. The Milan Protocol brings people, companies and governments together to form a united front to tackle the status quo, demand more ethical and sustainable practices from the food industry and ensure a better future for our children. If we work together with a single voice and a common objective, we can guarantee positive and long-lasting change."

The journey has begun, but the road is long
Up until now, there has been a lot of talking, but to achieve such an ambitious objective and overcome this huge global challenge, it is time to take action.
Jamie Oliver is working day in day out on his food education project in schools: lessons, videos, colourful and fun cooking laboratories to encourage even the most sceptical to move towards healthy eating and informed diet choices. Last year, at the initiative of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, a petition was launched to request all G20 countries to include food education in schools. Some countries have already taken steps in the right direction: in the UK, with its School Food Plan which includes cooking lessons and compulsory food education, or Mexico which has included the promotion of healthy food in its curriculum. Similar debates are taking place in Finland, Japan and Brazil, but there is still a long way to go and it needs everyone to do their bit.

How to become a food revolutionary
Food education needs to be good, practical, compulsory and available to all children”, said Oliver, who has already encouraged many people to get involved in his revolution. In 2015, over 8,200 schools participated in the project in over 100 different countries.
Here are some ideas about how to take part pro-actively in Food Revolution Day, and more generally in the food education project which the day is designed to support. You can download some useful materials from the website: lessons given by Jamie Oliver himself to use in schools, picnic ideas and cookery contests among colleagues or friends, and tips for sharing photos taken during the day on social media. It is also possible to become a good food “ambassador” to spread the word about Food Revolution Day. Are you short of ideas and cooking basics? No problem, on the official Food Revolution Day website there are plenty of recipes and tips for things to do throughout the day.
For anyone who would like to take advantage of this event to plan lessons based on materials produced by BCFN, there is a section of the website especially for training, with a teaching programme broken down into four modules, also dealing with the issues linked to food waste 

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