Well, that’s apparently true in Australia, anyway. But would the results of a food literacy survey here in the U.S. be any different?
We’ve talked a lot on The Lunch Tray about the sharp decline in food knowledge and cooking skills in America, a country which ranks last among 20 surveyed nations in terms of time spent in the kitchen. And who can forget Jamie Oliver’s first season of “Food Revolution,” in which kids in Huntington, West Virginia couldn’t identify common fruits and vegetables by sight?
These issues matter. When we turn the cooking over entirely to restaurants and the makers of processed foods, we gain convenience at the expense of reasonable portion size and control over ingredients. The adverse effect on our health, at least as measured by rising obesity rates, is clear.
As I discussed at length in this post a while back, there are no easy fixes for widespread food illiteracy. While I certainly support the idea of public schools playing a role, I’m not sure how much they can accomplish during this era of No Child Left Behind and budget cuts. Still, though, it’s worth checking out this new infographic from the Food Revolution demanding compulsory food education.
Guess where 27% of Australian kids think yogurt comes from?