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Reinventing the school lunch: Ann Cooper on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, “renegade lunch lady” Ann Cooper shares her passionate belief in remaking the school lunch. She uses scathing language to describe how most American kids are fed at the noon bell, out of cans, boxes and plastic bags — sowing the seeds of the obesity epidemic that is spreading from the US around the globe. But, she says, there’s a coming revolution in the way kids eat at school — local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food. (Recorded December 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Duration: 19:42.)

Watch Ann Cooper’s 2007 talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of almost 300 TEDTalks — including more talks about food.

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Comments (2)

  • Phil Thomas commented on Sep 18 2008

    Ann certainly does have the right idea… and a great passion to match!

  • C R commented on Sep 16 2008

    Ann Cooper really has the right idea about how kids need to be taught to have a better understanding of the role of food. I might even go as far as to say that selling cookies and cupcakes at bake sales is sending the wrong message. Organic is a great way to go too, but schools really would need more funds. I help my school fundraising through Give2Network.com. It’s was free to sign up and all I had to do was download a search toolbar, select my school from the Give 2 Network site, and that was it. All my searching and shopping from the toolbar goes to our school. The coordinator for our school gives us feedback on how much we have earned from it, and so far so good. Apparently a few parents and kids who shop online can make a difference – hopefully one day it can be used for organic foods and other healthy improvements.