Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Seeking a Food Revolution in New Mexico

By Jeff Ethan Genauer
Do you want to transform school food in New Mexico, and help change the mass-produced, unappetizing foods that most kids eat today to healthy and delicious local foods? If your answer is "Yes," you can demonstrate your support for this mission by liking the Rio Grande Food Revolution page on Facebook.

Next week on April 12th, the second season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution will begin ... This spring, millions of people throughout the US who see this TV show will also learn about local school food revolutions that are brewing in communities across the country. Here in New Mexico, our job is to connect new food revolutionaries with the numerous existing efforts to educate youth about sustainable food, plant school gardens, create salad bars in school cafeterias, and generally improve the status of our school foods.

As part of this effort, I'm searching for individuals who are willing to volunteer to be local contact persons for the food revolution in your community. PLEASE RESPOND with a message via Facebook to RioGrande Food Revolution (or send an email to RioGrandeFoodRevolution@gmail.com) if you're interested in being a point person to help grow this movement ... Together, I hope we can inspire thousands more New Mexicans to join and support our local efforts to revolutionize school food.

Thanks for helping to further the Food Revolution!!

(The author, based in Española, N.M., is the southwest regional organizer with the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, a student in the teacher education program at Northern New Mexico College, and winner of the 2010 "Ideas for Change in America" competition for his idea of "Good Food for All Kids: A Garden at Every School.")

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