Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: Pink Slime for Everyone!



If you're a fan of chef Jamie Oliver, you may have tuned in to ABC's premiere of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution expecting that same young buck messing around with food to feed his mates and having a jolly good time. No, no, no -- Jamie is older now, a father of four, and looks downright miserable for most of the episode, not just because he isn't getting anywhere with his quest to improve what American kids are eating but also because people in L.A. don't seem to care. He wants to transform school lunch food in L.A. but is barred by the School Board from even entering any of the schools in the district.

That said, if you are drawn to -- I don't know -- horror or to, say, shows where people eat truly disgusting ingredients, you may want to tune in. Case in point, pink slime.


Jamie gives a demo to a few parents and kids about meat. He brings in a live cow and shows them where on the cow the different cuts of meat come from and how much they cost. Then he brings in cuts of meat and shows them pink slime -- basically the dregs left over after all the proper cuts have been butchered. Pink slime can then be made into pet food, but in the U.S., we're all eating it.

In America, we further process the pink slime with ammonia to get all the last bits of meat from the fat and bone. Jamie tells us how pink slime is an additive in 70 percent of ground beef sold in the U.S. and that the USDA doesn't require labeling to acknowledge either the pink slime or the ammonia that's added to it.

Yum!

And as if that isn't gross enough, we later watch a demo of pounds of sugar being poured into a school bus -- the amount of sugar the LAUSD kids take in in one week just from flavored milk. Oliver really goes berserk over this one, speaking out at a nutrition conference about how in the U.K. and in most other parts of the world, flavored milk has been banned -- and questioning why we are giving more sugar to American kids during an obesity crisis. When you see the hills of sugar that overflow the bus, you kind of see where he is coming from.

I think we are used to seeing reality television as light entertainment, but this show has a different tone. It's a true-to-life horror show of what Americans eat without really thinking about it. At one point Jamie, sneakily, gets kids and parents to bring in what they are eating at school (remember, he can't see for himself because he's not allowed in the schools). There are packages of preservative-filled food, and nothing fresh. But then, he sees it -- an apple! Could there be hope in the midst of all this barely recognizable "food"? The kid who brought it in says he's actually homeschooled -- and we all laugh, nervously.
 

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Danielle Russell
Danielle Russell

It looks like the USDA, along with the EPA and the DOE are among the Government Alphabet soup of Agencies which need a large amount of revamping and budget reduction. Then an oversight program to go over all of their instituted laws and regulations, to see how many meet the requirement of Diminishing Retrurns, that is when a law or regulation costs more, as well as the imaginary problems which are a figment dreamed up to spend tax money and hire more government workers.

Vaughan
Vaughan

Thanks for posting this "Charlie". More people need to know where there food comes from and what it's washed with and poisoned by!

Kristin
Kristin

THANK GOD FOR JAMIE....I NEVER KNEW ABOUT PINK SLIME! I'M CONSIDERED A GORMET COOK! AND I'M JUST REVOLTED BY THIS CRAP! THANK YOU JAMIE FOR BEING BRAVE ENOUGH TO EXPOSE THE MEAT INDUSTRY FOR WHAT IT TRULY IS...NO WONDER KIDS TODAY RE OBESE AND CANCER IN ON THE RISE...NO MORE GROUND BEEF FOR MY FAMILY!! AND NO, THEY ARE NOT HAPPPY, BUT WHO IS? THATS THE REALITY. MAYBE IF WE STOP BUYING IT, OR MAKE THEM GRIND IT IN FRONT OF US, THEY WILL STOP THE POISONING IN THE PROCESSING!

On side note- to Eric Barton - WTF??? Its a good thing he is exposing the LA school district for the deplorable food ethic it employs... Going into a district that has no secrets (where is that btw?) would defeat the point he is trying to make, which is, that most schools, fast foods and even grocery markets, inc. the FDA, are just dirty & messed up...beyond reason and recognition! How can you dis him??? He is the only TV personality out there that is educating the ignorant public, not to mention going up against the Big Dogs!

Hopefuly Jaimie WILL revolutionize the food industry...and our minds, culture, country.

Jamie should run for President someday! I'd Vote for him! He's Honest an He cares! That's NO BS! (Another Bush debacle!!)

What do you work for the FDA? LMAO- I'd be willing to bet u do! or some vested business...

Keep Up The Awesome work Jamie...we LOVE & Appreciate you!!

Peace from-~ Kristin S. (NY)

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

I watched most of the first season when he was in West Virginia, but there's a fatal flaw with the show.

It's not Jamie Oliver, who seems like a good bloke who truly cares about the problem of childhood obesity. It's that the show suffers from the melodrama of reality TV -- ramped-up drama, forced confrontations, one-dimensional characters.

Truth is, why would they even film in a place that doesn't want them? Why not go to a school district that does? The short answer, it seems, is that it creates reality TV-style drama. That's a shame, because as you point out, Roseanne, we need to know about things like pink slime.

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