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Serving Up Food Justice At School

The latest issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine has a great article about teaching food justice in schools. It features two of my students and an interview with me about trying to incorporate “big ideas” about food into nutrition education. Here’s a preview:

Introducing students to food justice principles begins in the classroom. Take Balboa High School health teacher Chris Pepper. His ninth-grade health curriculum couples nutrition basics with the study of food origins and preparation. He shows Food, Inc., which gets students talking about animal welfare, industrial agriculture and food workers’ rights. His students also research prominent food justice leaders and organizations.

“Teaching about food justice helps make nutrition classes more engaging,” says Pepper. “Learning the story of where our food comes from is really interesting, and it involves some real critical thinking about how our world works,” he adds.

Read the whole story here:

Serving Up Food Justice At School,” by Michele Israel


  1. Brandon M. Smith

    August 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm


    Your blog is outstanding! As a new health teacher I just spent several hours looking through all the top notch resources you have on all your blog posts. I can’t wait to use them in class. Keep it coming! I’m looking forward for more to use this upcoming school year.

  2. Brandon M. Smith

    August 26, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Hey! The year has begun and I’m ready for some new resources and posts!

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