Tuesday, May 10, 2011

School Food Politics is in print!

Sarah Robert and I are proud to announce the publication of our co-edited collection, School Food Politics: The Complex Ecologies of Hunger and Feeding in Schools Around the World. It is available from Peter Lang Publishers.

See information at http://tinyurl.com/3bje9q8

The essays in School Food Politics explore the intersections of food and politics on all six of the inhabited continents of the world. Including electoral fights over universally free school meals in Korea, nutritional reforms to school dinners in England and canteens in Australia, teachers' and doctors' work on school feeding in Argentina, and more, the volume provides key illustrations of the many contexts that have witnessed intense struggles defining which children will eat; why; what and how they are served; and who will pay for and prepare the food. Contributors include reformers writing from their own perspectives, from the farm-to-school program in Burlington, Vermont, to efforts to apply principles of critical pedagogy in cooking programs for urban teens, to animal rights curriculum. Later chapters shift their focus to possibilities and hope for a different future for school food, one that is friendlier to students, "lunch ladies," society, other creatures, and the planet.

What impact does the cafeteria environment have?

Here's a really interesting and fun video from England's School Food Trust showing the results of their recent contest to do "school canteen rescues." It gives a great look at English school food--culturally different in interesting ways. It should give everyone pause, though, to consider issues like environment as well as involving kids in making school food something they want.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011