An optimist would say that the Cod had the chance to spend the weekend with friends and family (it's true, actually, but sad it takes dying or marrying to get folks moving). (And! They sure know how to eat chili, which was good for my soul.) Among the luminaries was the mom of two actual Berkeley school kids, kids I like to call A-Train and Ironhead. I mentioned the aforementioned Atlantic edible schoolyard contretemps. We were wafted away before we had a chance to finish this conversation, but Dr. CP was definitely team Alice. (The creeping team this/team that meme suggests that Stephenie Meyers is contrbuting to the devolution of our public discourse, as well as our private relationships, but that's a story for another time). The crux of Dr. CP's response to my recapitulation of the article was that the edible schoolyard program had the laudable effect of making kids excited about eating vegetables, b/c of the knowledge they gain by growing them. West Virginia is a long way from Berkeley, but Jamie Oliver's experience suggests she might be on the money:
Television chef Jamie Oliver was reduced to tears during his latest efforts to convert an American community to healthy eating. The usually upbeat good food crusader broke down after he met serious resistance while shooting scenes for his new series, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. More than half the residents of the country's fattest city, Huntington, West Virginia, are obese but most were blatantly uninterested in the chef's advice. Jamie was also left flabbergasted after he asks a group of school children to identify vegetables, mistaking tomatoes for potatoes.Also, it's dismaying, but crying? First Tebow, now this. Is men crying the brown boot of 2k10?