A week ago, I participated in Blog Action Day, which coincided with World Food Day.  In that post, I talked about one of my personal heroes, Chef Ann Cooper — head of the School Food Project, the school lunch program of the Boulder Valley School District.

Today is the inaugural National Food Day here in the States.  To celebrate this event, with the laudable goal of seeking to “bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way,” I did the following:

  • Chased my dog while he chased a stray llama that jumped over a fence into our yard (yes, you read that correctly)
  • Scarfed down a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats before taking said dog on a hike while our neighbor repaired the fence (because I could not let him out in the back yard)
  • Skipped dinner in order to drive to Denver to attend my Italian class, for which I failed to do my homework (because I spent the day hiking instead of working).

None of these things, I realize, have much to do with healthy eating.  However, the day has gotten away from me and I have a terrible headache (most likely as a result of skipping a meal).  Since I clearly have nothing useful to say on this important subject today, I am giving you a link to an article Ann Cooper wrote.  It’s important for Coloradans, because our Senator, Mark Udall, is sponsoring a misguided agricultural bill that will prevent appropriators from supplying schools with funds for the School Lunch and Breakfast program if it those funds will be used to “discriminate” against certain vegetables such as “potatoes [and] corn…” (read: french fries and high fructose corn syrup).  In other words, replacing french fries with other vegetables won’t fly.

Without further adieu, here is Ann’s much more eloquent article on the subject:

Can a French Fry Nation Embrace a Rainbow of Vegetables?

For more on the potato and other powerful agricultural lobbies, read Fast Food Nation — years later, still one of the most life-changing books I’ve ever read.

And with that, I do believe I am going to take a couple of ibuprofen and hit the hay.

Live in Colorado and want to do something about the bill?  Write a letter to Mark Udall expressing your concerns.

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  1. I am appalled by the legislation that Udall is trying to pass in Colorado. The clout of the Corn Industry is amazing. 🙁

  2. After a week of working on this thing..i THINK i’m back online…Young Dumb and full of American… Well, Okay, scratch the young part.

    And I still fry em… just lately more in a little Olive Oil, infused with, Rosemary, and a few chopped onions and garlic.. And usually stick the pan in the oven to finish it off as a roasting…
    I love Fries though…
    Bless you

  3. Hope your headache is better, Julie.

    Perhaps attacking the french fry isn’t the best route. I suggest we take up the cause of the much maligned broccoli and brussel sprouts and demand equal opportunity. Just an idea. 🙂

    • Lynette – that’s exactly what Ann Cooper is proposing. Not eliminating potatoes, but simply giving equal access to other veggies.

  4. If I could remember the future tense, I would answer in Italian. I will write the senator a letter.

    • No don’t! I haven’t learned future tense yet. We’re still working on the various forms of past tense and active and passive voice.

      But you can write the Senator in Italian. 🙂

  5. Julie,

    Attending a class in Italian has much to do with healthy eating if you count the fact that gli italiani mangiano un sacco di verdure sane (and not so much pasta/starch as Americans might think).

    Vorrei scrivere con il senatore. Scriverò per dirgli che egli può cuocere mio patata.

    Your website is pretty. And interesting.

  6. I did re-read the llama part! That’s a crack up. I hope you’re feeling much better now 😀

  7. You are funny! I love that your dog was chasing a llama 🙂 and sometimes best laid plans just don’t work out. I hope you wake up headache-free this morning and ready to do battle with fried food. Potatoes for breakfast?

  8. I’m pretty sure the dog chasing a llama should be a post all on its own! Made me giggle and read it three times lol.

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