Experts are warning about the dangers of “fussy eating” after a 17-year-old teenager in the UK suffered irreparable sight loss after living on a diet of potato chips and French fries.
This tragic story illustrates why nutrition and basic health education should be taught as a standard subject to all schoolchildren. As Dr. Rath explains in his Barletta Declaration, the artificial division that has been created between food and health is an important reason for the widespread health illiteracy that exists among the people of the world today. This health illiteracy is no accident, of course. On the contrary, it is a precondition for the continuation of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ that costs millions of people their health and lives each and every year.
In our school gardening project in Uganda we are doing pioneering work to address this important issue. Launched in March 2015 under the banner of our Movement of Life campaign, the project not only teaches children about nutrition and Cellular Medicine, it also involves growing fruit trees, vegetables, and medicinal plants.
Significantly, teachers at schools participating in the project say they have seen an improvement in the children’s academic performance. When they are better fed and nourished, the children are more able to concentrate and reach their true potential. This has particularly benefited the teaching of science-related subjects, where the school gardens have become a real-life laboratory for the health concepts the children are learning about in the classroom.
As the growing success of our project in Uganda demonstrates, if we can teach the world about nutrition and health, ‘Health for All’ will become possible.