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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:42 PM

Four Lessons From The Largest Student Movement You’ve Never Heard Of

from Civil Eats:

Four Lessons From The Largest Student Movement You’ve Never Heard Of

November 5th, 2012
By David Schwartz

Over 40,000 students took action together last week and the mainstream media hardly covered it. Surprised?

You shouldn’t be. It wasn’t an Obama rally. And it wasn’t a revolt in the Middle East. While media pundits were fixated on which candidate scored more cheap political points, an unprecedented number of college students came together with Real Food Challenge and Food Day for an incredible national day of action. The truth that motivated us is simple: if we ever hope to jumpstart the economy, become energy independent or deal with our nation’s healthcare crisis (as the candidates claim they will), we must fix our food system first.

Why food? Why now? Student leaders will tell you:

If you’re concerned about energy and climate change… Our food and agriculture sectors contribute a full 33% of all greenhouse-causing gases.

If you’re worried about the economy… CNN reports that 5 out of the 7 worst paying jobs in America are in the foodservice sector.

If you’re worried about our health… The Center for Disease Control predicts that the youngest generation of Americans today (us!) will live shorter lives than their parents (for the first time in American history!), because of the food they eat. .........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://civileats.com/2012/11/05/four-lessons-from-the-largest-student-movement-youve-never-heard-of/

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