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Alice Waters vs. Bongo Burgers—Berkeley High students vote with their feet

Friday, May 10, 2013

You can lead a teenager to healthy food—but that doesn’t mean he or she will eat it. At Berkeley High, where the effort to upgrade campus meals famously includes chef Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project, 90 percent of students choose instead to walk off campus to eat fast food at the likes of Bongo Burger, Top Dog and other places. Katherine Mieszkowski at the Center for Investigating Reporting writes about it (there’s a Chronicle reprint today).

Meanwhile, over at Oakland High six miles away the cafeteria is mobbed, Mieszkowski says. Reason: captive audience. Students aren’t allowed off campus.

Related: The Edible Garden Project is losing its $2 million in federal funding starting in the fall and the school district is asking the public to chip in to help keep it going, the Oakland Tribune says.


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