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  •  Bring back Home Economics (1+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1

    And unlike in my day in the Paleozoic era, make it mandatory for all students.

    Good eating habits have to be taught because society in general encourages us to eat poorly and time constraints encourage us to wolf down something that is prepared commercially.  Eating well isn't expensive and it isn't overly time consuming but you do have to have a bit of knowledge in how to put together a nutritious and satisfying meal.

    •  only problem with that (1+ / 0-)
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      is that even in the heyday of Home Ec, such courses and programs were little more than indoctrination centers for the likes of General Foods, General Mills, Kellogg, etc. etc. etc.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 09:43:53 AM PST

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      •  I'll take your word for it (0+ / 0-)

        And I can see where there would be a financial incentive for schools and corporate interests to do that.

        But there isn't anything preventing schools from developing courses designed to teach how to cook healthy food, even incorporating some processed food.

        •  ideally, yes, (0+ / 0-)

          and at the local level you might actually manage to exert some control.  But expect the USDA and the Feds to try to thwart you at every turn, because they represent agribusiness and corporate food products.

          I'm reminded of the huge and ultimately losing battle Jamie Oliver fought to get decent food into a few local school lunch programs here a few years back . . .

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 09:56:57 AM PST

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