Originally posted by dc4lifeskater
Umm lets see you have this big school, and all the children need to eat lunch, correct?
Sooo... why not teach the children about aquaponics and growing fish/veg/fruit and have them grow their on lunch.
Indeed, lifeskater, and you are not alone in thinking that teaching our young people not only about the foods we eat but that they do have the power
to effect the quality of their own lives. It is being done, in my neck of the woods anyway, but I wont pretend it was easy and it just so happened
that there were many in the community willing to do what we needed to do to make it happen. My daughter is grown now so this would have been 14 or
fifteen years ago, serving my first round on the PTO. We are a rural school system and when looking over our budget we realized we were getting the
exact same food supplied to our children that was being supplied to our local jails. Terrible, terrible food by any standard IMO. We were feeling
empowered after putting in the new play area and decided that we were going to put in a garden. We thought, if we can start small by replacing the
giant cans of government carrots and the like it would be nothing but a win win for the kids and the school district budget alike. Even with the
potential cost savings it was an up hill battle, but uphill doesn't have to be a negative idea, IMO. I'll make it short here as I don't wish to
bombard the thread with the dreaded wall of text. So, we had to show that it was cost effective and we had to make sure we were in compliance with
California's nutritional guidelines for public schools. Now many years up that hill we see each school producing and sharing with the others. Meats,
cheeses, veggies. We even have one school that put together a fish hatchery program.
Like I said it wasn't easy but it can be done.