Television that Could Change The WorldChristopher | April 11, 2010
Today I took the opportunity to watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. I think you should too. This has to be one of the most important shows on television today. It’s entertaining while teaching (or reinforcing) the vital role that food plays in our lives.
Even though America is the number one economy in the world, we aren’t even ranked in the top ten with regards to health. Our life expectancy ranks at a very disappointing 38th in the world. Those statistics are a direct reflection of how we take care of ourselves. One thing we do every day is eat. What we eat on a daily basis has a cumulative effect on our lives. As the maxim goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
One of the things that surprised me most about the show is how often Jaime “fails”. The first episode shows exactly how difficult starting a revolution is. He’s met by resistance and skepticism at all sides. He starts off simply trying to get the elementary school kids to NOT eat pizza for breakfast. The cooks in the kitchen resist the change, the school doesn’t think his food meets the guidelines, and the kids don’t want to eat it! Through perseverance and creative thinking, Jamie manages to overcome the challenges. It’s a great lesson for anyone who wants to make a big vision come true.
Maybe you can make engaging television that can change the world.