The Daily Feed: Revolutionaries Here, Revolutionaries There

Whether life imitates art or art imitates life remains an open question, but what started out as a television show with the word "revolution" in its title is becoming, well, a revolution. Individuals, parents and those with little traditional “power” to effect large-scale change are taking to the Internet to demand higher-quality eats for their kids. Just yesterday, former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl tweeted: “In DC, and I can't get this piece about how kids here eat off my mind.”

“This piece” was a simple blog post by Ed Bruske, a former Washington Post reporter who now works as a personal chef and active gardener, having co-founded the group DC Urban Gardeners. The post that caught Reichl’s attention recounted Bruske's horror at seeing the lunch served at his daughter’s DC elementary school, a meal which consisted of french fries, Sun Chips, and strawberry-flavored milk.

Meanwhile, down in Mesquite, Texas, another parent is making her displeasure known. A woman blogging under the name “Just a Mom in Mesquitewrote about her frustrations with Aramark, the food service provider at her child’s school. Her anger sizzles on the screen.

Though early studies suggest that Jamie Oliver’s impact in West Virginia has been minimal, at best, his show has clearly served as a national catalyst. Reverberations are likely to continue, and intensify, long after Oliver's final episode has left TV.

 

 

Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.

 

 

 

 

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