Interspersed with the information on what children eat around the world and the various issues faced by different countries - poverty, starvation, obesity, cultural issues - there are special segments on different movements around the world. In Italy, the school kitchens are run by a local co-op that uses as much local produce as possible. In Bangladesh, seventeen boats are combining classrooms and floating gardens to try and find a way to not only supply healthy food and education, but also survive the floods that continue to increase and threaten the area. In Canada, kids attend a program at a community center that helps them learn to make healthy food choices and think about food justice around the world. In Peru, a school reclaims their Quechua heritage through a communal school garden.
A final message to teachers, parents and students discusses some of the issues surrounding food and how you can not only help others globally, but make changes in your own school. There's also a glossary included.
Verdict: This is a fascinating look at food around the world. However, it is rather wordy and I found some of the explanations of the photos confusing; they don't identify everything in the lunch and I wanted to know what some of the other food was. I don't see many kids just picking this up on their own. However, I think it's a book that teachers might be interested in using, especially paired with It's Our Garden, the book I reviewed last week. This is one I'll get because I think it's important, even if its circulation isn't really high.