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How the Fast Food Industry Destroyed "Home Ec" to Hook Americans on Processed Crap

Real Home Economics teaches children how to eat good food and budget. That was a threat to the processed food industry, so they destroyed it.

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The main obstacle between where we are now and home ec nirvana is funding, as Graham notes. Public school systems are so strapped that they're already slashing equally worthy classes like art, music, and PE. But producing generation upon generation of people who don't know how to feed themselves healthily or manage their finances is generating massive, cascading societal costs—and the pennies we pinch by not revitalizing home ec seem like a classic false economy, much like those boxed cakes the food industry was already peddling by 1957


Tom Philpott is the food and ag blogger for Mother Jones.

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