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Of course this raises all kinds of questions like "How do they afford to do this?" and "Isn't this terribly rigid and elitist?" but I think it's an interesting story for pondering and, if we're so inclined, discussion.

Teaching Kids to Eat Healthily: School Food in France

An excerpt
I finally saw the system in action earlier this month. Caught short by a sick nanny, my son, who was accustomed to eating leftovers from the refrigerator, sat in silence with his 25 classmates at tables in the
nursery-school cafeteria, while city workers served a leisurely,
five-course meal. One day, when I arrived to collect him, a server
whispered for me to wait until the dessert course was over. Out in the
hall, one of the staff shouted for "total quiet" to a crowd of
4-year-olds awaiting the next lunch seating. "I will now read you
today's menu," he told them. "First, you will begin with a salad."

Tags: children, food, france, school

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I wasn't able to read the article - Yahoo says its no longer available. But from the excerpt, it sounds like French children are being taught an appreciation of food that is very enviable. We are never going to feed our children 5-course meals, but should strive to teach them how important food is!

France, along with other European countries, has a true food culture. They have a deep history surrounding their food, including traditional ways to grow, prepare, and eat. We are a young country and have not developed these traditions yet. I hope that's what we are all taking part in now - I hope this movement lasts and becomes part of who we are as a people.
I found the article and fixed the link. Yes, let's make our own traditions!

Meghan Rosenbaum said:
I wasn't able to read the article - Yahoo says its no longer available. But from the excerpt, it sounds like French children are being taught an appreciation of food that is very enviable. We are never going to feed our children 5-course meals, but should strive to teach them how important food is!

France, along with other European countries, has a true food culture. They have a deep history surrounding their food, including traditional ways to grow, prepare, and eat. We are a young country and have not developed these traditions yet. I hope that's what we are all taking part in now - I hope this movement lasts and becomes part of who we are as a people.

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