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Here is an article that may help you if you struggle getting your child to eat healthy foods. I think this is quite a common problem. Luckily, we are surrounded by farmers markets in every county in the Hudson Valley that are bringing fresh food to families. Check out our upcoming issue for brand smacking new recipes to try, and a feature on the state of our school lunches. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

A recent article in the Times Herald looks into the possibility of our schools buying food from local farmers.  From the article:

“We’d love to do fresh, but it all comes down to the bottom line,” said Washingtonville Schools Food Director Robert Gellman.

That’s enlightened thinking. Yes, forget about the health of the children. And as the article points out, all that “cheap” industrially produced food (often the cafeteria suppliers buy up government surplus) is heavily subsidized. We recently ran an op-ed piece in our other mag, Hudson Valley Life, about the true cost of food.

Here’s another food director quoted on the subject:

The Newburgh School District receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for three of its schools, said Andrew Calvano, the district’s food services director, who adds that the jury is still out on whether it has made any difference.

“We can give kids all the fresh fruits and vegetables they want, but getting them to eat it is up to them,” he said.

No, Mr. Calvano. It’s not about “getting them to eat it.” It’s about teaching them what good food is, by example and in science and health classes. It’s about integrating that with discussions of the local economy, of their neighbors who farm for a living. It’s about taking a plot of unused grass on school grounds and growing a vegetable garden as part of an ecology class. Science, nutrition, health, economics, home economics, community, ecology, math, literature–it’s all right there. And all these food directors can talk about is the bottom line and making kids eat their vegetables! What imaginations.

 Hudson Valley Parent will take an in-depth look at healthy school lunches in later this summer.

Yesterday while scrolling through our RSS feeds I saw an article headline that caught my eye: “Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children.” I literally gasped aloud after reading that line. I know that’s how they get your attention, through shock and awe, but I after reading through the article I do believe it is an important topic to look in to. The article states that  “New research suggests that exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides, commonly found on berries, celery and other produce, could raise the odds for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. At this point, though, there is no evidence that pesticide exposure can actually cause ADHD, stated the authors of a paper appearing in the June issue of Pediatrics.”

Now, there is no concrete evidence that these pesticides are causing ADHD, but this may be a good time to look at the food we are putting in our bodies and serving to our families. Taking a trip to your local farmers market even just once a month could start a healthy trend in your household and it is a fun weekend trip as well. If you are unsure of where the closest market to you is, we have made a comprehensive farmers market guide that is broken up by county. Happy shopping!

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