Friday, May 2, 2014

A Food Revolution: An Education by Jamie Oliver

"I profoundly believe that the power of food has a primal place in our homes.
It binds us to the best bits of life."
-Jamie Oliver

Most of us have heard of Jamie Oliver. However, this spirited celebrity chef is more than just a television personality. More importantly, he is a food advocate. In 2010, he received the TED Prize, which is awarded to an, 'extraordinary individual with a creative and bold vision to spark global change.' It is no wonder that he was the winner that year for he certainly exemplifies excellence.

It is his passion to teach every child about food.  Many youngsters have no idea what various fruits and vegetables are even called. If kids don't know what an eggplant or an avocado is they are not going to eat them. Instead, fast foods have been placed on the forefront of our collective consciousness and our vocabulary is filled with words like double cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets. Thankfully, he is making waves in changing these children's (along with their parents) perspectives.

Considering the primary killer in our country today is not murder or terrorist attacks as the media seems to want us to believe, but rather it stems from our food, it is imperative that we make change. Let's face it, our food industry is fiercely contributing to the pandemic in our nation and around the world. Heart disease, obesity and so on are all preventable and Mr. Oliver urges us to learn about our foods so that we can make better decisions with our bodies.

I encourage everyone to step into his twenty-one minute classroom by watching the following video.  You will be glad you did.

Thank you for reading about my Organic Bliss!

Jamie Oliver's TED Award Speech - 2010