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Access to healthy food: Are schools the solution? [Video]

February 9, 2015 • Education NC

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Transportation, mobility, and economics all play a role in this equation. Jill Staton Bullard, co-founder and CEO of the Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, explains that one can be in the midst of a food desert even when, to outside eyes, there is food everywhere.

The issue of school gardens is also complicated. While school gardens are good educational tools, because of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, most schools can’t actually feed kids the produce they grow. GAP certification is a regulation that limits what kinds of foods can be served to children. Basically, it’s there to ensure that food is safe to eat. Some, like Bullard from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, think those requirements need to be made less onerous. But others, like Harvey, think that’s a bad idea.

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