Last night was Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution premiere on ABC. I’ve been waiting for this for what seems like forever, and was thrilled that Jon and I could actually watch it at our neighbors house. I cooked up a yummy shrimp stir fry, a batch of regular rice and a batch of gluten free rice for me, put it into our pyrex lidded bowls, slipped it all into a bag and across the street we went!
It was a fun evening. Pat and Anne, our neighbors, Tivo’d the program so we were able to pause the program at different points and dialogue about what we were watching. I knew that what Jamie Oliver was doing, would lead to startling revelations about the diet of our school kids in Huntington, Virginia as well as the rest of the country, but my god… What I saw was so disturbing I can’t even fathom it.
In a country, in a world actually, where we know what is nutritious, where we know that processed foods are causing all manner of obesity related diseases that are killing people daily, you would think that we would do what we could to steer clear of them. Instead, we make these poisonous foods cheaper, and train our kids to eat them from the time they start eating solid food. What also amazed me about the show last night was how people will tend to make arguments for their ignorance. Government statistics based on mortality is saying that this city is the unhealthiest in the US, and yet there is still resistance. Why do we do this?
I encourage you to watch the 2 hour premiere. Its important that we all know what is going on in the dietary evolution of this country. Below I am embedding both videos from Hulu.com.