School Bilk Programme

One day, I’ll find time to write at length about Jamie Oliver but for now, an observation widely shared: when he ran into the food service regulations in his recent US school meal adventures, it was clear he was outgunned in ways he couldn’t fathom. That’s not his fault. School meal regulations in the US are almost deliberately unfathomable. A small legion of food activists and journalists are trying to get to the bottom of it, though – the Time for Lunch campaign is trying to transform school meals, for instance, but two new bits of investigation, across the US and in DC, suggest the scale of the task. The kickback agreements that industrial caterers have with brand suppliers is something that they’ll fight very hard to keep, even if it means that the fresh, local and sustainable produce needed to head off the US obesity epidemic remains off the menu. [Via Jenny Huston]