Is Jamie Oliver Wrong About School Lunch Reform?

I love, love, love Jamie Oliver.

Not only is he British (score!), but he's genuine, has a cute lispy British accent, and cares what the kiddos are putting in their tummies.

I was glued to his show, Food Revolution, and wished there were 20 more episodes.

So how could anyone oppose him?

But Andrew Lansley, the UK's Health Secretary, thinks his school lunch reform is rubbish.

Here's why ...


Lansley thinks that all of Oliver's pushing for healthy school lunches just drove the kids out to buy junk food over their lunch hour. (I assume he is talking about high school kids since the little ones can't go anywhere.)

Students were either allowed to buy a healthy school lunch or have a school-approved packed lunch. But Lansley suggests that parents are simply giving kids money for them to pick their own lunch at local shops.

Lansley was quoted saying that:

"Jamie Oliver, quite rightly, was talking about trying to improve the diet of children in schools and improving school meals, but the net effect was the number of children eating school meals in many of these places didn't go up, it went down."

Oliver responded saying that Lansley's comments were an insult to his work and the hard world of others, and if any problems are occurring, it's from lack of funding and budget cuts.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Jamie Oliver's mission for healthier school lunches? Or do you as a parent want to dictate what your children eat?


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