School food is too fatty, starchy, and bread and pasta oriented. It is too meaty, milky, and cheesy. It is mostly fatty food that the Agriculture Department sells to schools at rock bottom prices. The selection of vegetables is inadequate and they are not nearly as appetizing as they could be.
The County Executive and the County Council have no direct control over the schools or what the schools feed our children. However, I would be a voice for teaching students and the cooks how to make vegetables taste good and how to cook them for a reasonable price.
Hint: Sprout lentils and wheat for two days in a bowl, rinsing them twice daily. Food volume increases, and plant phytochemicals are born. Eat sprouted lentils and wheat raw with flax oil and sea salt. Very chewy and tasty.
Or steam stir fry them. Cook onions, garlic, and ginger in coconut oil and water until they soften. Then add chopped greens and steam stir fry them until they are soft. Sesame seeds or sesame tahini add an excellent flavor. Read more recipes here. Eat sprouted bread instead of conventional bread, to reduce gluten intolerance reactions.
I would also encourage schools to turn part of their play grounds into gardens. Seattle Tilth is leading the school garden movement in the Seattle area.
I know how to produce bumper crops of greens – on a year round basis in Western Washington. Winter gardening is even easier than summer gardening because the rain waters your garden. Throw a tarp over plants when there is a hard freeze, and most will survive. In Eastern Washington, the growing season is shorter, but it can be extended by using row cover. See the section of my book on organic gardening.
This is a partial view of our back yard:
Agriculture and nutrition should be part of the curriculum. Schools should be cooking the food that the students grow on the school grounds.
School vending machines should sell foods and beverages which are healthy, and pop made with corn syrup should be banned. When you drink GMO corn syrup, you are drinking Roundup, a mineral chelator. It is slow poison.
Health is important to us. We cannot live for ever, but we can live a longer and healthier life and be competent in our old age. We will have more energy to complete our calling in life.
I put my thoughts together on this subject and wrote this book:
See the chapter on Healthy Cooking Techniques.
I would also encourage everyone to do home gardening.
For those who want a source of clean and humane meat and eggs, I would encourage backyard chicken ranching.
I would also do what I could to encourage apartment owners and condominium associations to allow community gardening.
For residents of apartments and condominiums which do not allow gardening, there are other growing options. Lentils, mung beans, wheat, rye, and kamut, for example can be sprouted. They double in size, and you get twice the food for your dollar. And you are eating healthier, living, green foods.
My dad started having heart trouble in his 40s. He had a dozen cardiac events by age 62, when he took early Social Security. He continued to have heart problems until he died at 85.
At age 30 while in law school, I developed angina pains and had high blood pressure. I had been eating the same fatty, meaty, milky, floury, eggy diet as my father, and my health was in decline.
I switched to an all vegetable diet, and I am glad I did. Pythagoras said: Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food. While I regard food as my medicine, I also thoroughly enjoy it.
I remember my first thirty years as an omnivore, and I do not miss them at all.
On the other hand, I realize that most people are not going to become vegans like me. Few are going to start growing greens in their back yard.
As county executive I would not try to force anyone to eat or not eat what he or she wants to eat. The way I eat is part of my religious calling. On the other hand, I encourage omnivores to eat more vegetables.
We talk about “eating right”, but we do not say what “eating right” includes. It includes more vegetables and less fatty food. Vegetables provide us with a pharmacopia of nutrients and strengthen us.
I grow much of the food my wife and I eat in our garden. Our home is surrounded by vegetable garden, fruit trees, grape vines, and berry bushes on three sides. Right now we are eating our own lettuce, collard greens, mustard greens, kale, garlic, onions, leeks, borrage, dill, fennel, raspberries, and mulberries. Currents, pears, Asian pears, figs, and grapes are ripening for the fall.
I get great satisfaction from my gardening.
How we treat animals is important as well. If we are going to eat animals and expect their meat to taste good, it would make sense to treat those animals humanely.
If someone takes you out to dinner, you say thank you. To the animals who become our food, we should say thank you by treating them well while they are alive and not by confining them in crowded, filthy, stinky, and unnatural conditions. When we sacrifice them, we should kill them in ways which do not terrorize them or cause them shock or pain. Why don’t we simply gas animals with nitrogen and put them to sleep?
Wouldn’t the prophet’s advice to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us” also apply to the animals who become food for us?
California has passed a law requiring that chickens be raised in cages big enough to allow them to stretch their wings and which have perches and egg laying areas. The law provides for humane euthanasia of the birds. California egg producers support this law. Senator Diane Feinstein and other politicians including Maria Cantwell want to pass a law which would set national standards, which is necessary if egg producers from outside California will have the right to sell their eggs in California.
A lot of people would say that it is not the business of government to tell people what to eat. I agree with this. However, I see no problem in our health department encouraging people to “eat right” and teaching them how to do so. If we are to reduce health care costs, we need to “eat right”. That means eating more vegetables and less saturated fat, sugar, and unsprouted grains.
The main problem I have with Obama Care is that it is a system which treats illness instead of teaching healthy ways. Our health dollars would go much further if people ate more vegetables and did not have diabetes and heart disease.
See the page on Health Care.
And go out jogging and do your pullups.