Curriculum

Opinion: To become healthier, more sustainable population, we must encourage a shift from ubiquitous fast food to craft of cooking and associated thrift

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-09-27

Opinion: Convenience, addiction-like responses to hyperprocessed items have drowned out home cooking; we can counter by educating children and tearing down the food carnival

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-09-24

Opinion: Reviving home ec, and its premises - that producing good, nutritious food is profoundly important, that it takes study and practice - could fight diet-related disease

By Helen Zoe Veit

The New York Times 2011-09-05

Half of U.S. residents will be obese by 2030, report says; governments, other groups urged to monitor, prevent, control obesogenic environment that undermines willpower

By Jennifer Huget

The Washington Post 2011-08-25

Opinion: U.S. food production system depends upon widespread ignorance, but poor and working people most need new food system; they are sold unhealthiest foods and can least afford resulting medical problems

By Eric Schlosser

The Washington Post 2011-04-29

Opinion: Beyonce's former gig as soda saleswoman, and now her work with Let's Move campaign shows why celebs with hopes of influencing kids shouldn't hawk junk food

By Melanie Warner

BNET 2011-04-13

Opinion: To avoid fiscal catastrophe and millions of premature deaths, prevent disease rather than treat it; build food distribution system that favors real food, and market it

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-04-12

Opinion: In high school classes, students couldn't say where honey comes from, but they shared stories of families ruined by diabetes - and begged to learn how to avoid that bleak future

By Jamie Oliver

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-04-10

Children of migrant farmworkers struggle to keep up in school as parents follow the lettuce and produce season from Salinas Valley to Yuma, AZ, November to April

By Patricia Leigh Brown

The New York Times 2011-03-12

Books: In "Hot," author Mark Hertsgaard presents strong case that there is still time to keep planet livable despite climate change; technology exists, but we must act now

By Wen Stephenson

The New York Times 2011-02-04

Conflicts of interest between food companies, academics rampant but rarely recognized; food makers try to smother criticism, control public opinion and food system, says nutrition professor

By Cat Warren

Academe Online 2010-11-01

Opinion: As parents, educators, nutritionists and marketers, we have to imbue our children with love of fruits, vegetables - the most beneficial food for growing bodies

By George Ball

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-01-03

With three dishes - a stir-fry, a chopped salad and a rice-lentil dish - you can leave processed foods behind, creating more healthful, cheaper, tastier food that requires less energy, water and land per calorie

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-01-02

PepsiCo links to Yale through food lab near campus and with $250,000 fellowship for an MD-PhD student researching nutrition and obesity-related diseases

By William Weir

The Hartford Courant 2010-12-28

Opinion: Despite money woes, anti-obesity programs for children aren't place to cut; obesity now costs Texas businesses $3.3 billion annually and will rise to $15.8 billion by 2025

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San Antonio Express (TX) 2010-12-14

At charter school near Chicago, parking lot is becoming classroom-sized greenhouse, green-roofed chicken coop, and garden, the produce from which is used in school's kitchen

By Ari LeVaux

The Atlantic 2010-11-30

In era of continuing specialization in school curricula, lessons on basic cooking skills - making a pot of soup, setting the table, baking a cake - get left behind

By Amy Scattergood

Los Angeles Times 2010-08-26

Review: In "The Coming Famine," terrifying facts make book gripping, but author's solutions inspire: mandate food and waste composting, fund research, educate on costs of food

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2010-08-25

Standout kindergarten teachers have lifelong effect on students, increasing their chances of college, earning and saving money, decreasing risk of single parenthood, study shows

By David Leonhardt

The New York Times 2010-07-27

"This should scare the pants off employers," says researcher, warning of obesity trends, resulting rise in diet-related disease, health care costs in future work force

By John Richardson

The Portland Press Herald 2010-07-09

Opinion: Tax junk food to provide school health education under Michigan Model for healthier kids, savings in medical costs

By Lotus Yu

Detroit Free Press 2010-04-05

Substitute teacher uses grant to teach children healthy cooking habits

By Charity Brown

The Washington Post 2010-01-26

Opinion: Gardens secondary to helping vulnerable pupils "read Shakespeare and laugh at the right places"

By Caitlin Flanagan

The Atlantic 2010-01-10

Higher education comes of age with urban environment sustainability programs

By Henry Fountain

The New York Times 2009-12-29

NY high-schoolers using DNA analysis learn that labels of 11 of 66 food products tested misrepresented contents

Science Daily 2009-12-28

At some schools, green is the new cool at lunch, in class, in garden

Some Philadelphia schoolchildren measure coolness by green quotient of their lunches - reusable sandwich wraps and water bottles, recycled lunch boxes, cloth napkins. Science teachers encourage 'waste-free Wednesdays;' in environmental science classes, students compost food scraps, fertilize the herb garden that then is used for the school kitchen, thus reducing pesticides that run into nearby Wissahickon Creek, which feeds into water supply of their city.

By Meredith Broussard

The Philadelphia Inquirer 2009-09-24

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Colleges, seeing need, add sustainability degrees, programs

While other students are in classrooms, about a dozen at Vermont's Green Mountain College are cutting hay, turning compost, gathering eggs as part of intensive course in sustainable agriculture. More than 80 schools now have hands-on and classroom-based farm programs, Rodale Institute says. And: Sustainability programs draw increasing numbers of students interested in green-collar jobs (click 'See also').

By Lisa Rathke

The Associated Press; USA Today 2009-07-09

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Pupils cut their family food miles, then aim for food marketers

After reducing their family food miles - and placing second in EPA's carbon footprint contest - elementary students form club to take on letter-writing campaigns, animal rights advocacy, food marketing to children. Idea grew from class discussions of stewardship, personal responsibility, state of environment.

By Karen Cherubini

Yes! Magazine 2008-06-21

Pitchforks and prerequisites

Universities compete for students, satisfy their professors with cross-disciplinary food studies programs that draw on explosion of food literature and link students' personal choices with labor practices, health and the environment. Food studies also underscore universities' emphasis on sustainability, in operations and in the classroom.

By Jane Black

The Washington Post 2008-08-20

Increasing drug prescriptions for children's diet-related diseases

Though childhood obesity best treated by diet and exercise, data suggest that several hundred thousand children now taking medicines to treat its eventual complications, with greatest increase in Type 2 diabetes drugs. Many patients live in neighborhoods without grocery stores and attend schools that have no physical education programs. And: Series on childhood obesity (click 'See also').

By Stephanie Saul

The New York Times 2008-07-26

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Linking joy to school lunch

Nutrition education program reconnects students, parents, and teachers in Chicago metro area with joy, value of eating good, healthful food. Program also offers teacher training, aligned with state's standards, and parent education; pilot lunches offered were so successful that they've been incorporated into school lunches.

By Stacy Kish

USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service 2008-04-03

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McDiplomas?

British government awards fast-food chain authority to develop courses and create exams that count toward high school diploma, but colleges and universities will decide whether to accept the hamburger giant's assessments in students' admission requests.

The Associated Press 2008-01-28

Feeding lessons

Cooking classes for teens, already in about 85 percent of UK schools, now mandated for all schools by 2011 as anti-obesity effort. Plans are under way to train 800 teachers and install equipment so children can cook and shop for simple, healthful foods, but critics say subject has been so long neglected that playing catch-up will be challenging.

By Donald MacLeod

The Guardian (UK) 2008-01-22

Ounce of prevention

With $158,300 state grant, Texas town targets children at 25 low-income schools for nutrition and fitness program to reduce incidence of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. One school will receive nutrition education consultant; others, nutritious snacks; and still others, multimedia equipment for nutrition and health education classes.

By Shirley Jinkins

Star-Telegram (TX) 2008-01-10

Brand power

In study of 63 preschoolers, researchers find that children prefer tastes of foods and drinks if they thought they were from McDonald's, with the effect stronger among children with more television sets at home and among those who eat at McDonald's more often. Results suggest that branding could improve young children's eating behaviors.

By Thomas N. Robinson, MD; Dina L. G. Borzekowski, Donna M. Matheson, and Helena C. Kraemer

Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2007-08-01

Opinion: Early education

Schools, desperate for money, accept money from fast-food companies in return for printing logos on report cards and more, but those savvy marketers aren't trying to sell one Happy Meal. They're branding their products early and often in impressionable young minds to build loyalty and create lifelong customers.

By Julie Deardorff |

Chicago Tribune 2007-12-16

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Fighting hunger:

Seattle's Lettuce Link, which teaches gardening, nutrition and cooking to low-income population, helps fill coffers of food pantries and hot meal food banks whose regular donors are on summer vacation.

By Ann Lovejoy

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) 2007-08-17

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Off the land:

Despite day jobs, couple hunt, fish and gather about a third of the food they eat, using a nearly comprehensive mental map of Seattle foraging spots to relish what they call unbelievably bountiful land.

By Huan Hsu

Seattle Weekly 2007-08-08

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Call for change:

Call for change:

In groundbreaking presidential report, cancer panel calls down governmental polices that have made fruits and vegetables more expensive and less available, have limited physical education in schools and created an environment that discourages physical activity; food industry with its unhealthy food sales implicated as well.

MSNBC; Reuters 2007-08-16

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Beef curriculum

In effort to increase demand for beef from "future consumers," Kansas beef farmers continue funding 17-year-old program for public schools that teaches cooking techniques, beef cuts, food safety, nutrition; teachers can also request additional materials to supplement beef lessons.

Cattlenetwork.com 2007-08-13

Growing lessons:

Vermont school, working with local farmers and agricultural experts, plants garden designed to feed its 200 students homegrown vegetables at lunchtime, teaching a way of life, not only nutrition or fitness.

By Nicole Orne

Brattleboro Reformer (VT)

Rookie cooks:

With school district's blessing and high school's kitchens, Illinois county extension office teaches children, 9-12, basics of cooking, components of healthful meals, table-setting skills, safety and cleaning up.

Olney Daily Mail (IL) 2007-08-02

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