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Jamie Oliver - Potato or tomato?

Jamie Oliver - Potato or tomato?

(1:44) Children in an elementary school in Huntington, West Virginia, try to identify fresh fruits and vegetables. Huntington has been called the unhealthiest city in America where nearly half of the adults are considered obese. From 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' in 2010.

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Guest: (622 days ago)

To be fair to them, ask him to tell the difference between a Big Mac and a Whopper he would probably struggle too.

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To be fair to them, ask him to tell the difference between a Big Mac and a Whopper he would probably struggle too.

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Guest: Guesting (622 days ago)

I don't think that's relevant.

Like asking the children for the difference between a fruit knife and a chees knife. Not relevant.

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I don't think that's relevant.

Like asking the children for the difference between a fruit knife and a chees knife. Not relevant.

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Guest: (622 days ago)

No two types of knife are not food. A Whopper and a Big Mac are both food, and foods which some people are more familiar with, just like different vegetables and fruits. Very relevant.

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No two types of knife are not food. A Whopper and a Big Mac are both food, and foods which some people are more familiar with, just like different vegetables and fruits. Very relevant.

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Guest: (622 days ago)

May I respectfully suggest that it seems these comments miss the point being made: how shameful it is that these children are evidently fed only processed food, and thus cannot recognize quite common vegetables before they are chopped, diced, dried, laced with chemical preservatives and coloring agents, covered in high fructose corn syrup and stuffed into foil and carboard packaging. I found the inability to recognize a potato the most surprising, given that I believe every one of those children would easily be able to recognize and readily identify a plastic "Mr. Potato Head" toy.

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May I respectfully suggest that it seems these comments miss the point being made: how shameful it is that these children are evidently fed only processed food, and thus cannot recognize quite common vegetables before they are chopped, diced, dried, laced with chemical preservatives and coloring agents, covered in high fructose corn syrup and stuffed into foil and carboard packaging. I found the inability to recognize a potato the most surprising, given that I believe every one of those children would easily be able to recognize and readily identify a plastic "Mr. Potato Head" toy.

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Guest: (621 days ago)

May I respectfully reply that I don't see why children of their age should recognise raw ingredients at all. There's nothing shameful in it. If they were only being fed diced vegetables, they still wouldn't be able identify the raw items.

Anyway, to be brutally honest these children will need to recognise and identify packaged and prepared foods long before they need to handle and prepare raw ingredients. I'm sure they will go to fast food outlets with their friends before they will be expected to cook a meal with fresh vegetables.

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May I respectfully reply that I don't see why children of their age should recognise raw ingredients at all. There's nothing shameful in it. If they were only being fed diced vegetables, they still wouldn't be able identify the raw items.

Anyway, to be brutally honest these children will need to recognise and identify packaged and prepared foods long before they need to handle and prepare raw ingredients. I'm sure they will go to fast food outlets with their friends before they will be expected to cook a meal with fresh vegetables.

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Guest: (621 days ago)

I can help you. Children that age, living in the Ohio River valley, smack dab in some of the best, most arable farmland on the planet, evidently never see their parents preparing meals from simple unprocessed foods, which are grown locally and available inexpensively. If all they ever see in their house is microwavable Hot Pockets, of course they'll fail to recognize common root vegetables and live in the unhealthiest, most obese city. I'm not insisting that small children cook from scratch, but if they suckle on high fructose corn syrup because their parents are too busy watching the Kardashians or whatever to cook a proper dinner, then yes, those kids are doomed to spend the balance of their unhealthy lives threatening the seams of XXL garments with their stretch marks and pale, segmented limbs.

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I can help you. Children that age, living in the Ohio River valley, smack dab in some of the best, most arable farmland on the planet, evidently never see their parents preparing meals from simple unprocessed foods, which are grown locally and available inexpensively. If all they ever see in their house is microwavable Hot Pockets, of course they'll fail to recognize common root vegetables and live in the unhealthiest, most obese city. I'm not insisting that small children cook from scratch, but if they suckle on high fructose corn syrup because their parents are too busy watching the Kardashians or whatever to cook a proper dinner, then yes, those kids are doomed to spend the balance of their unhealthy lives threatening the seams of XXL garments with their stretch marks and pale, segmented limbs.

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Guest: (620 days ago)

Plenty of assumptions there. I would doubt that simply observing parents prepare raw vegetables would be enough to learn the different names, and I would question the value at their age.

I agree that a healthy diet is important, obviously, but trying to show ignorance about naming vegetables at this age proves nothing whatsoever.

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Plenty of assumptions there. I would doubt that simply observing parents prepare raw vegetables would be enough to learn the different names, and I would question the value at their age.

I agree that a healthy diet is important, obviously, but trying to show ignorance about naming vegetables at this age proves nothing whatsoever.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (621 days ago)

You must have watched a different video than the rest of us. At no point did anybody say they didn't recognize a potato. At the very end of the video that I watched, I saw Jamie Oliver hold up two potatoes and then we saw some reactions on kids faces then the video ended without saying a single word after the potatoes were shown.

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You must have watched a different video than the rest of us. At no point did anybody say they didn't recognize a potato. At the very end of the video that I watched, I saw Jamie Oliver hold up two potatoes and then we saw some reactions on kids faces then the video ended without saying a single word after the potatoes were shown.

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Guest: Guest98347 (621 days ago)

A six year old, only needs to know where the toys are kept! try the same test on a teenager or an adult - THAT, is when they need to know!

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A six year old, only needs to know where the toys are kept! try the same test on a teenager or an adult - THAT, is when they need to know!

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Guest: Hitchiker (621 days ago)

At six i was out helping my mom in the garden.

I sure knew the difference between a potato and a tomato.

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At six i was out helping my mom in the garden.

I sure knew the difference between a potato and a tomato.

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Guest: (621 days ago)

Good for you having a mom that gave a F about gardening and having a property with a garden in the first place. Rumor has it that some families live in overcrowded FLATS. Can you imagine??? I grew up closer to a fast food joint than a veggie patch and lawn thats for sure.

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Good for you having a mom that gave a F about gardening and having a property with a garden in the first place. Rumor has it that some families live in overcrowded FLATS. Can you imagine??? I grew up closer to a fast food joint than a veggie patch and lawn thats for sure.

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Guest: (621 days ago)

I grew up in a government subsidized housing project in Detroit. We grew tomatoes in cut off cardboard half gallon milk containers set on the wiindowsills. In school, they taught us how to grow beans and squash by starting them in styrofoam coffee cups, and transferring them to larger containers as the plants grew. My neighbors dug up an empty lot nearby and planted corn. Some of the local kids took turns hoeing weeds in the summers, and shared the harvest in the fall. I made pocket change selling some extra corn to other neighbors. Turns out, there's a good reason the French divided Detroit into rectangular fields in the 1700's, each having access to the river. Detroit is built upon soil that's great for raising crops. I don't know whether these things are done today in the schools (and the housing project was torn down years ago), but I know some folks in Detroit are still farm in abandoned lots. Deer, raccoons, and other critters are making a significant comeback in the city also.

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I grew up in a government subsidized housing project in Detroit. We grew tomatoes in cut off cardboard half gallon milk containers set on the wiindowsills. In school, they taught us how to grow beans and squash by starting them in styrofoam coffee cups, and transferring them to larger containers as the plants grew. My neighbors dug up an empty lot nearby and planted corn. Some of the local kids took turns hoeing weeds in the summers, and shared the harvest in the fall. I made pocket change selling some extra corn to other neighbors. Turns out, there's a good reason the French divided Detroit into rectangular fields in the 1700's, each having access to the river. Detroit is built upon soil that's great for raising crops. I don't know whether these things are done today in the schools (and the housing project was torn down years ago), but I know some folks in Detroit are still farm in abandoned lots. Deer, raccoons, and other critters are making a significant comeback in the city also.

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Guest: (620 days ago)

Another rather lucky upbringing. This thead is turning into a bragging fest.

Maybe it's like that in Detroit. In some parts of the inner cities that I know, there aren't 'empty lots' where the community can get together and grow things, and if they tried they would be vandalised. A friend of mine has applied for an allotment, and the closest to her block of flats is miles away, and the waiting list is currently over 30 people.

It would be wonderful if governments could sideline accessible and affordable space, so that those with the time and inclination to use it could cultivate plants, but in many overcrowded cities that is never going to happen.

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Another rather lucky upbringing. This thead is turning into a bragging fest.

Maybe it's like that in Detroit. In some parts of the inner cities that I know, there aren't 'empty lots' where the community can get together and grow things, and if they tried they would be vandalised. A friend of mine has applied for an allotment, and the closest to her block of flats is miles away, and the waiting list is currently over 30 people.

It would be wonderful if governments could sideline accessible and affordable space, so that those with the time and inclination to use it could cultivate plants, but in many overcrowded cities that is never going to happen.

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Guest: Hitchhiker (621 days ago)

That great, what a childhood, full of adventure.

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That great, what a childhood, full of adventure.

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Guest: Hitchiker (621 days ago)

I grew up on a farm.

I drove a combine when i was twelve.

We didn't go to camp,play hockey or belong to clubs, we learned how to work.

Is there some problem with kids learning how to use a hammer and screw driver?, Or learning how to read and write, or cook their own food?

Maybe if the parents took the time to actually teach their kids , there would less kids on the street causing trouble.

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I grew up on a farm.

I drove a combine when i was twelve.

We didn't go to camp,play hockey or belong to clubs, we learned how to work.

Is there some problem with kids learning how to use a hammer and screw driver?, Or learning how to read and write, or cook their own food?

Maybe if the parents took the time to actually teach their kids , there would less kids on the street causing trouble.

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Guest: (621 days ago)

That figures. Of course you were taught the difference between vegetables. But crazy as this sounds, not everyone grows up on a farm surrounded by space and growing vegetables.

That also explains why you can't tell the difference between a Muslim and a terrorist. Urban cosmopolitan families may struggle to identify root vegetables, but they don't often suffer from the same backward opinions from a sheltered rural life. Drawbacks to both I guess.

So maybe if parents took the time to actually teach their kids about different types of people and beliefs rather than naming vegetables, there would be a lot less trouble in the world. Just saying.

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That figures. Of course you were taught the difference between vegetables. But crazy as this sounds, not everyone grows up on a farm surrounded by space and growing vegetables.

That also explains why you can't tell the difference between a Muslim and a terrorist. Urban cosmopolitan families may struggle to identify root vegetables, but they don't often suffer from the same backward opinions from a sheltered rural life. Drawbacks to both I guess.

So maybe if parents took the time to actually teach their kids about different types of people and beliefs rather than naming vegetables, there would be a lot less trouble in the world. Just saying.

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Guest: Hitchiker (621 days ago)

I can tell the difference between a muslim and a terrorist. I live in the city now and I know lots of muslims, hindus etc.

I bet most of their kids know the difference between a potato and a tomato.

This may sound crazy but some people can't afford store bought and make their own stuff. Some people didn't grow up with the luxury of being bored with nothing to do, like a lot of city kids. My first toy car was a block of wood with wheels drawn on it, but we had no idea what the city kids were doing because we only had three tv channels. Instead of buying your kids jungle jims, teach them to build their own.

Always gotta get your dig in there don't you.

Just saying.

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I can tell the difference between a muslim and a terrorist. I live in the city now and I know lots of muslims, hindus etc.

I bet most of their kids know the difference between a potato and a tomato.

This may sound crazy but some people can't afford store bought and make their own stuff. Some people didn't grow up with the luxury of being bored with nothing to do, like a lot of city kids. My first toy car was a block of wood with wheels drawn on it, but we had no idea what the city kids were doing because we only had three tv channels. Instead of buying your kids jungle jims, teach them to build their own.

Always gotta get your dig in there don't you.

Just saying.

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Guest: (621 days ago)

You can tell the difference, and you know lots of Muslims and Hindus etc. Sure. Well you fooled me on some other threads. After -all, they're all 'sand people' right? I don't mind really, I'm just teasing. I know lots of people that have rather rural sheltered opinions. I find it kind of quaint, so long as I don't try and take it too seriously.

It sounds to me as if you were pretty lucky, having fresh ingredients on hand and not having to depend on cheap tinned produce - compare the cheapest tinned peaches or powdered mash with the real thing and you'll see what I mean.

We all like to think we were hard-done-by in our youth, but I wonder how many of the kids in this video grew up on farms where there was space to build their own jungle gym, with adults that had the time and inclination to teach them about fresh produce rather than diversity.

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You can tell the difference, and you know lots of Muslims and Hindus etc. Sure. Well you fooled me on some other threads. After -all, they're all 'sand people' right? I don't mind really, I'm just teasing. I know lots of people that have rather rural sheltered opinions. I find it kind of quaint, so long as I don't try and take it too seriously.

It sounds to me as if you were pretty lucky, having fresh ingredients on hand and not having to depend on cheap tinned produce - compare the cheapest tinned peaches or powdered mash with the real thing and you'll see what I mean.

We all like to think we were hard-done-by in our youth, but I wonder how many of the kids in this video grew up on farms where there was space to build their own jungle gym, with adults that had the time and inclination to teach them about fresh produce rather than diversity.

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Guest: Hitchiker (621 days ago)

I told you before, there is a lot of sand in the middle east, so i include all the people who live there ,even the jews, in the sand people category. This is not to be demeaning , just that there is lots of sand there.

I built a pidgeon coop for my pidgeons when i was ten and sold them to Italians at the market. We were farmers so we didnt have all the wonderfull things city kids had, and we had to work.

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I told you before, there is a lot of sand in the middle east, so i include all the people who live there ,even the jews, in the sand people category. This is not to be demeaning , just that there is lots of sand there.

I built a pidgeon coop for my pidgeons when i was ten and sold them to Italians at the market. We were farmers so we didnt have all the wonderfull things city kids had, and we had to work.

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Guest: (620 days ago)

Sounds like you were very privileged having all that space, being able to have pigeon coops, open space, etc. I would love to take you round an overcrowded inner city council flat sometime to let that sink in.

It's not surprising that you are not even able to see your racism. Fairly typical, I'd say. Personally, I think despite your very lucky start in life, I'd always prefer a more diverse and less sheltered upbringing.

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Sounds like you were very privileged having all that space, being able to have pigeon coops, open space, etc. I would love to take you round an overcrowded inner city council flat sometime to let that sink in.

It's not surprising that you are not even able to see your racism. Fairly typical, I'd say. Personally, I think despite your very lucky start in life, I'd always prefer a more diverse and less sheltered upbringing.

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Guest: (620 days ago)

that first sentence is shameful

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that first sentence is shameful

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Guest: Hitchiker (620 days ago)

Too bad.

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Too bad.

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yeh too bad that while you and your dirt people were studying vegetables the rest of us were learning about the world. i guess no one teaches shame on a farm either. lol you do your parents proud i bet.

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yeh too bad that while you and your dirt people were studying vegetables the rest of us were learning about the world. i guess no one teaches shame on a farm either. lol you do your parents proud i bet.

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Guest: Hitchiker (622 days ago)

Like I said before.

They system is set up to keep you stupid and poor. God forbid you should know how to grow your own vegatables, that would mean you wouldn't have to buy them from the grocery store. The govt couldn't allow that.

Just like they don't teach kids how to balance a cheque book or what credit cards are about. This would prevent them from becoming victims of commercialism. Couldnt have that.

During the depression many people grew their own gardens instead of lawns, to save money. The produce was usually shared within the cummunity.

So sad.

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Like I said before.

They system is set up to keep you stupid and poor. God forbid you should know how to grow your own vegatables, that would mean you wouldn't have to buy them from the grocery store. The govt couldn't allow that.

Just like they don't teach kids how to balance a cheque book or what credit cards are about. This would prevent them from becoming victims of commercialism. Couldnt have that.

During the depression many people grew their own gardens instead of lawns, to save money. The produce was usually shared within the cummunity.

So sad.

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Guest: (621 days ago)

Um...lots of people still grow vegatables in cities, and the government does not stop or discourage this...so I don't understand what you mean.

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Um...lots of people still grow vegatables in cities, and the government does not stop or discourage this...so I don't understand what you mean.

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Guest: Hitchhiker (621 days ago)

During the depression, the front yards of many neighbourhoods were filled with vegatables. Some cities ban gardens in the front yards now. You can have 3 chickens, but one complaint and they have to go. Some have rules concerning back yard gardens. The rules are crazy.

You can have beez in some cities, and pidgeons.

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During the depression, the front yards of many neighbourhoods were filled with vegatables. Some cities ban gardens in the front yards now. You can have 3 chickens, but one complaint and they have to go. Some have rules concerning back yard gardens. The rules are crazy.

You can have beez in some cities, and pidgeons.

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