What Japan can teach us about school lunch

Dana Woldowbyline‚ Feb. 04‚ 2013

Every so often an article pops up comparing school lunches in America to those served in other countries. To the surprise of no one, our lunches usually fare badly in comparison; this slideshow offers pictures of school lunches in America, and from around the world. How is it that so many other countries are getting school lunch right, while America continues to get it wrong?

A recent article in the Washington Post about school lunch in Japan is a must read for anyone interested in improving school food in the US. Not because the Japanese model presents a quick and easy fix to the multiple problems plaguing school food in this country, but rather because it highlights the many differences between how the subject of school food is handled in Japan, and how it is handled here.