With help from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Education Secretary Ruth Kelly announced a ban on junk food across England within a year. "Teachers know that eating well at school encourages good behavior and children getting better results," Kelly told Sky News.
The debate was highlighted after Oliver made a television series in which he tried to feed children on the government's budget. The star of "The Naked Chef" appeared visibly shocked in the program when confronted by such modern-day school staples as the "Turkey Twizzler," which he labeled "processed junk."
The British government responded by announcing an extra 280 million pounds to be spent on school food over the next three years.
Given the extent of British food, this is likely a big deal. Unfortunately, I don't know more details over the exact definitions of junk food. That is a concern here in the States, and I'm more familiar, needless to say, about American junk food than the British equivalent. Of course, several states have been working to implement their own bans. Good luck to all for trying.
Canada has been trying to do the same thing. Like in other instances, England may be an inspiration for Canada. Our children are waiting.