The lunches served in our public schools get a failing grade from Ann Cooper, who is in charge of food for the Berkeley, California Unified School District. In this TED talk, she levels strong criticism at the packaged, processed food that large agri-businesses, with the complicity of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are foisting on American children via public schools. In Cooper's school kitchens there is no processed food and meals are cooked daily from scratch. And the kids like it!


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  • John Duran

    Ann is my hero. She directs schools to improve menus (with scratch foods) AND brings attention to the public about ways the USDA can improve the school lunch program. She does it all. I see Mrs Cooper recruiting and leading the way for a new culinary workforce (mostly teenage culinarians) to join this wonderful crusade. Now is the time to find our role in this grand movement. Bravo!!!

  • Mardi Lujan

    I agree with everything she said and I believe everyone should have this information and I had such a hard time listening to her because her breath is all up in her neck. She sounded to wrought up, I just wanted her to take a deep breath and slow down a bit, have a sip of water or something. 6 more minutes, I hope I can listen to her whole talk, she has an important message.

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  • Check out Ann Cooper's Food Challenge to bring local, seasonal produce to your dinner plate.
  • Find a Farmer's Market near you & shop there. Buy local food and stay healthy while helping the planet to stay healthy too!  
  • Help your child to sow seeds and grow some vegetables in your garden or a pot. Encourage them to build the connection between the food they eat and where it comes from.

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