Feb 272010
 
Join the Food Revolution: Growing, Cooking and Composting at Home

"I wish for everyone to help create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food." ~Jamie Oliver announcing his Food Revolution at TED Conference

Aside from the always-jarring reminder that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, perhaps the most notable revelation in Jamie Oliver’s speech at the 2010 TED Conference came from the video he shared of his visit to a first-grade classroom. In it, the children could not identify basic fresh vegetables — like tomatoes, cauliflower, beets or eggplant — suggesting they do not eat fresh vegetables often enough to know what they are called.

Yet what struck CompostMania founder Robert Olivier as equally shocking was how quickly these same kids were able to learn. “It took just 2 hours to educate those kids on a basic knowledge of fresh fruits and vegetables,” says Robert.

Robert says one of the most common objections he hears for people not buying fresh vegetables is that they go bad before they can eat them. To which Robert simply and quickly responds, “Yes, fresh food rots, and that’s okay. In fact, don’t buy anything that doesn’t rot. If it spoils before you can eat it, composting is a good catch all. Any food that spoils has a place as a valuable resource for your home.”

FAST-TRACKING THE SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT

Fast-Tracking the Slow Food Movement

"Nature has a dollar menu too," says CompostMania Founder Robert Olivier of fresh, home-grown vegetables, "and it comes in your garden."

“One-third of the population is obese,” says CompostMania co-founder Karl Warkomski. “This is a problem that really escalated around 1980 with the advent of the microwave. With convenient fast foods we got away from real cooking. Now though we’ve got this ‘slow food movement.’ Yes, it takes more time to cook, but in the long run it’s far more satisfying.”

It is in the spirit of this “slow food movement” that Jamie Oliver is launching a Food Revolution. As the winner of a TED prize at this year’s conference, Jamie was asked to state his one wish to change the world:

“I wish for everyone to help create a strong, sustainable movement to 1) educate every child about food, 2) inspire families to cook again and 3) empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

JOIN THE FOOD REVOLUTION

If you would like to support Jamie Oliver’s one wish to change the world through a Food Revolution:

  • Raise your own awareness by watching “Food Revolution,” the TV series
  • Sign the petition that Jamie will present to the White House to ask for the administration’s support
  • Cook fresh “slow” foods at home, with your children
  • Encourage your family, friends, co-workers and community to do the same
The BioPod Plus breaks down food waste within 48 hours.

The BioPod Plus grub composting bin breaks down food waste within 48 hours. Plus, it leaves a rich compost for fertilizing your garden.

Beyond that, Robert and Karl suggest growing your own fresh vegetables, not only for the educational experience but for economical reasons too. “You can pay $1.29 for one green pepper in the grocery store,” says Karl, “or you can pay $1.29 for a packet of hundreds of green pepper seeds.”

“Nature has a dollar menu too,” adds Robert, “and it comes in your garden.”

Jamie Oliver image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48692800@N00/4347257377/

Fresh vegetables image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38726791@N06/4074743402/

Bottom Left: BioPod Plus Grub Composting Bin

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