School Lunches Around the World via Food Buzz

Most of the countries featured in this article serve a variety of appetizing and healthy lunches.  Ranging from greens to rice and beans to noodles, organic products and much more.  You scroll down the page and like what you see, that is until you get to the bottom of the article…and see the foods served in American lunches.  Low quality beef on chips, chocolate milk, Fritos-you get the picture.  The quality in American lunches was so much lower quality  and lower in health…come on America! Really?

School Lunches Around the World Gallery (source:


  • What is the shelf  life of the food?
  • Where does the meat come from?
  • How is the food cooked?
  • Do you think the food is healthy?
  • Do you think the food is apatizing?
  • Do you think students make healthy lunch choices?
  • Do you have a choice in what you serve?
  • What do you think are pros and cons of outside vendors?
  • Do you like the school lunch system?
  • What do you do with leftovers?
  • Would you be willing to serve alternate options(healthier)?
  • Would it be better for the school to serve alternate options from outside vendors like Subway and McDonalds?
  • Do/Would you eat the school lunches?
  • How much money does it take to make school lunches?
  • What is your salary?
  • Are cafeteria workers treated well?

We will be interviewing the cafteria managers of a local middle school and asking the questions above.  Our interview video will be put up soon! Remember to comment your throughts on our posts and any ideas you have for our research!!! THANKS!


After checking the ingredients in the food served in all Fairfax County Public Schools here is what was found:

According to a list of ingredients of food served in FCPS we know what is in the food, what it is made out of and where FCPS gets its food.  There was a diverse  list of vendors (next to the foods), from household names such as Tyson products, to more unknown names like Hadley Farms.  Most of these vendors had pretty ordinary sites, with okay looking food especially the places serving things like muffins and bread, however, the suspicious thing for us was the meat vendors. The meat looks fine but think about this-where is the meat actually from?

There was a current report by animal protection extremist, PETA, accusing  two Tyson slaughterhouses of some pretty disturbing things.  There were reports of workers urinating on slaughterlines, ripping heads off live chickens, violently throwing birds at shackles and much more.  Tyson is a big vendor for FCPS, is this type of disgusting, and noncleanly form of slaughter reminiscent in our food, or if not should we support this? Also meat served in cafeteria’s are not organic, meaning they are processed and pumped with hormones.  These hormones can cause development and puberty earlier than natural. 


There is a video on the website above of footage from the Tyson Slaughter houses so if you have a strong enough stomach feel free to watch:)!


December 6, 2011

Welcome to our WHAT IS IN YOUR FOOD project about our investigation on the health of school lunches and possible healthy alternatives.  We will document our research and discoveries.  We are trying to really get deep and see exactly: …..what is in your food?