Do You Hear the People Eat?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

(sung to the tune of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” in Les Misérables)

Food Revolution Day  Jamie OliverIt’s been quite some time since I made a theater reference, and this one immediately sprung to mind in light of the upcoming Food Revolution Day on Saturday, May 19.  It’s sort of like the 1832 revolution in France, only people shake wooden spoons instead of weapons and yell “Make Food, Not War!”

Or something.

Anyhow, courtesy of Jamie Oliver, the day is designed to “inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.” Do we need a food revolution? Check out his video below and let me know what you think.

Postscript: About this post’s title (aka, getting my musical theater geek on)

I have theater on my mind, as my company’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World plays May 4-12. So please forgive the not-very-funny Les Mis quip; it’s among my favorite musicals and I couldn’t resist. And I’ve quoted that very same song before in a post on local food in London, where I (almost) saw Alfie Boe in the West End production. However, according to the sign posted in the lobby, he was “indisposed” at the time. Now, that’s another story altogether, but it begins with “the indisposition of Alfie Boe” – sung in my head to the tune of the overture to Sweeney Todd – and ends with me falling down the stairs. Other than that, it was a stellar production that blessedly did not include Nick Jonas. I’m still bitter we cannot get the rights to produce the show for our upcoming 15th season next year.

All that said, no one wants to hear people eat.


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Dr. P.K. Newby is a nutrition scientist, speaker, and author with expertise in all things food, farm to fork, whether preventing obesity and other chronic diseases through diet or teaching planet-conscious eating. As a health expert and food personality, she brings together her passions for food, cooking, science, and sustainability to educate and inspire, helping people eat their way towards better health, one delectable bite at a time. Healthy Hedonism (TM) is her philosophy: Because healthy food shouldn’t suck.

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