Jamie Oliver Talks About Food Revolution Day and Why You Should Participate!

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GG: What regional differences have you seen in the U.S. in terms of readiness to change food systems?

JO: Huntington and Los Angeles were worlds apart but I don't think it has anything to do with their location. It's all about the people. The people of Huntington wanted to make changes. They wanted their schools to serve better schools, they wanted to help the kids get healthy. In Los Angeles, they thought they were doing well enough—and didn't want to listen to the parents asking for change. We did get them to ban flavored milk, which was great, but there was so much more we could have done if the school board had wanted lasting, sustainable change. Huntington is a changed town. They are healing themselves, and it's amazing and wonderful to see.

GG: How does Food Revolution Day fit into your larger effort to change how people eat? How can one day make a difference?

JO: One meal can make a difference. It's about choice. Choosing real food over processed. Water over fizzy drinks. Fresh vegetables. Plain Milk. Cooking vs ordering in. All of these small changes add up to big change. Food Revolution Day is a chance for people to STAND UP and choose real food.

GG: If someone only has the time and energy to participate in Food Revolution Day in a small way, how do you recommend they get involved?

JO: Cook something and share the knowledge with someone who needs it. Plant some fresh herbs or tomatoes. Anyone can grow them on a windowsill. Choose NOT to eat or buy processed food for the day (and hopefully longer). This a grassroots movement and the point is just to participate. Go to the website—there are hundreds of events and ideas and recipes to inspire you.

GG: When May 19 is behind us, how will you know that Food Revolution Day has been a success?

JO: It's already a success. Have you seen the website? Have you seen how many people are standing up for real food? People really want to make change. Food Revolution Day is just the beginning.

How will you participate in Food Revolution Day? What changes are you making in your eating habits to create healthier lives for you and your family and friends? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Genie is the Communications Director at ChangeLab Solutions, a nonprofit that creates law and policy innovation for the common good, and a partner with Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day. She blogs about gardening and food at The Inadvertent Gardener, and tells very short tales at 100 Proof Stories. She is also the Food Section Editor for BlogHer.

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