Last night I went to see a talk given by one of my heroes - Jamie Oliver. It was just a one hour talk put on by the Wheeler Centre here in Melbourne.
Jamie was here to promote his Ministry of Food initiative which has begun operating in Australia. I love the simplicity of his approach. What he hopes to achieve is a decrease in obesity rates by teaching people at a grass roots level about food and how to cook it. The focus is on basic, wholesome food on a budget, not fancy 'chef' food that people find intimidating. This is trying to create change at a micro level.
His other focus is on teaching children about food, where it comes from and how to make healthy eating choices. He made the pertinent point that children won't die an early death by not doing their Geography homework, but we are doing them a disservice if we don't teach them about food and how it affects their body.
Here's hoping the Ministry of Food is successful here in Australia, and changes many people's lives.