Feeding kids in the age of Big Food

In the latest Food Issue of The New York Times Magazine, they take on the often baffling, sometimes polarizing topic of What Should Children Eat?

Addressing food policy, the article Lunch Money is a great primer on the unfortunate current partisan battle over the nuts and bolts of the National School Lunch Program.

A photo essay on what kids eat around the world for breakfast is a great reminder that kids really can eat anything. 

Tucked inside the article How to Raise a Good Eater by Mark Bittman are some key points illustrating larger issues that reach beyond what even the most well-intentioned parent can do:  

Food companies spend billions of dollars a year marketing junk food to children and fast food to everyone; they’ve made certain that snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages are available practically everywhere.

...the battle over feeding children really pits Big Food against parents, and Big Food’s resources are vast: almost unlimited money, little regulation and tacit government support. 

And along with encouraging parents to make dinner from scratch whenever they can, he ends with a suggestion that I enthusiastically support:

Another thing that would be great? Let’s make cooking lessons (and good old home ec) in school standard, not a rarity. 

That would be great. Let's make it happen.