The Emmy nominations were announced yesterday morning, and I was pleased to find out that “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” was nominated in the category of Best Reality Series.

I found out when Jamie himself tweeted the news yesterday morning.
Amazing!!!!!! RT @ryanseacret We got an Emmy nomination for "@Jamie_Oliver's Food Revolution"!!! So excited for my team at @RSP! 
The reality TV show had the British celebrity chef trying to change the school menus and attempting to change the eating habits of the town of Huntington, Virginia. Oliver has already changed the menus of many of the schools in England, but he’s recently come under criticism from British health minister Andrew Lansley because the number of children participating in school meals had gone down since Oliver revamped the menus. Lansley said that a change in students’ diets should be their parents’ responsibility with the support of the government.

Oliver is quoted in the Telegraph as responding that the “minister has simplified the school dinners situation for an easy headline” but that the minister was right that parents’ do need the support of the government, including the schools.

What better way to show support than to invest in education so that all children can have compulsory cooking lessons and all adults can have access to a food centre which teaches core cooking skills and how to cook fresh, tasty, affordable and nutritious food. 
Oliver came under similar criticism after “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” was done being filmed because many of the children in the Virginia schools had discontinued with school lunches and had begun to bring food from home – often junk food.

Perhaps the food revolution that Oliver is trying to spearhead is not being as welcomed by children as adults would like. The minister is right, it is parents’ responsibility to make sure their children eat right. It sounds as if many parents, both in the U.S. and in England, have allowed their children to take charge of what they eat.

That shouldn’t take away from the fact that countless other children in Huntingon, W.Va., and in England are eating healthy school meals when before they were being fed less than healthy, processed, chemically laden junk food. Should they be forced to go back to an endless diet of chicken nuggets and French fries because some parents are unwilling to make the tough choices for their own children?

I’m glad that “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” is being recognized with its nomination of an Emmy. It’s not just lunches that the show changed. It’s the public’s knowledge of our part of our food crisis. I know many people who are much more aware of the problems with processed foods and how they affect children and than they did before the show. The show deserves an award just for the eyes it opened.

The 62nd Annual Emmy Awards will air on Aug. 29, 2010.

Tease photo: really short/Flickr

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