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Alice Waters on Teaching Kids to Eat Well and the One Thing She'd Most Like to Change in the American Food System

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Alice Waters in the Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California

Alice Waters in the Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California

Today on Feeding Our Future, host Bill Telepan started the show with chef, restaurateur, author, activist, and hero to all those who labor to change school food, Alice Waters.  Their conversation ranged from the origins of her Edible Schoolyard program to what she used to cook for her own daughter to her take on the Child Nutirition Reauthorization Act. 

When Bill asked why it's so important to reach kids at school rather then trying to educate parents about cooking better meals at home, Alice had a passionate response.

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Alice then explained exactly how an Edible Schoolyard program can reach kids, with lessons learned from the first one in Berkeley that serves 1,000 students from varied economic and cultural backgrounds, speaking 22 different languages at home.

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Bill then asked a question on the minds of many legislators: Can every school in America afford to have an Edible Schoolyard?  It's not the first time Alice got that one...

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Speaking of money, what does Alice think about the latest version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act?

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Bill's final question for Alice was a big one: If there was one thing that she could change right now about the American food system - not just school food, but the whole shebang - what would it be?  Her answer might surprise you.

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In the second half of the show, chef and teacher April Neujean of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans joined the conversation to explain how the program has worked in her community and address questions from listeners who were eager to start their own gardens.  We will continue that conversation on our next show, sharing tips and advice for budding school food activists.

Next week is our last show!  Today's show will replay at 7 pm ET, on Saturday at 4 pm ET, and on Sunday at 10 am ET.  Get caught up with recaps of Bill's interviews with chefs Jonathan Waxman and Zak Pelaccio, White House chef and Senior Policy Advisor Sam Kass, and the three New York city students who did a blind taste test comparing Bill's healthy fare to the processed food kids are served in most school cafeterias. 

On Tuesday, September 7th at 11 am ET, Bill will be speaking with filmmaker Amy Kalafa and Holistic Nutrition Counselor Dr. Susan Rubin about their documentary Two Angry Moms and the grassroots efforts they've made to change school food in the years since the film made its debut.

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