This semester, my college students and I discussed the Triple Bottom Line, a bottom line for businesses that goes beyond PROFIT to include people and the planet.
During the first third of the semester, we focused on the “people” part of the equation. Next, we looked at “food” as a way of seeing what we’re doing to the planet. Finally, for profit, we did some problem-posing and most of the students drew on their service learning experiences for their research papers to name, reflect and act on a problem.
Service learning goes beyond community service or volunteering. Students who engage in service learning maintain a reflective journal about what they do and what they’ve learned and to do research related to their service learning site.
As the semester comes to a close, I thought I’d post this TED Talk from Jamie Oliver–someone who has certainly made a name for himself when it comes to solving the problems related to diet related diseases in the US.
Here are some of my notes that I took while watching the above video:
Diet related disease is the biggest killer in the United States today, says Jamie Oliver, and we need a revolution. People are dying needlessly from obsesity and food related diseases.
Obesity costs 10% of health care bills and in less than 10 years this cost will double.
How to eat to save your life?
1) Avoid Fast food
2) Avoid Processed foods, eat instead fresh foods
3) Watch Portion size
4) Watch labeling
Home is not where food culture is created any more. So where will kids learn about food? asks Jamie Oliver. School? Where kids have flavored milk 2x a week? Chocolate milk has the same amount of sugar in it as a soda. What can we do? he asks.
Here are some of Jamie Oliver’s suggestions on how to decrease diet related diseases:
1) Have a “food ambassador” in every grocery store where someone will teach people how to cook
2) Fast food has to be part of the solution. We needed to be weaned off all the fat and sugar.
3) Kids at school need fresh food cooked on site, and that children know how to cook.
4) Corporations need to feed their employees responsibly.
Revolutionary if you ask me. Even more revolutionary if people get on board!