We Like This Guy! How David Chang is Changing the Food Culture of America
"Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history," says Chang. The powers that be in Gotham agree: The city has early-stage plans to expand the ESY concept to 25 more elementary schools using lesson plans developed at Columbia University Teachers College.
Chang also believes that ESY nurtures responsibility. "Say a child raises this beautiful beet," he explains. "It's going to give her a sense of ownership, and that changes everything. You stop taking things for granted; you become less wasteful." And you eat better: Studies show that kids in school-garden programs increase their fruit and vegetable intake by two servings a day.
"America is a country of abundance, but our food culture is sad—based on huge portions and fast food," Chang says. "Let's stop with the excuses and start creating something better. Why not us? Why not now?"