The Year Of The Vegetable

When faced with a New Year, many resolutions are self-improvement directed, and put pressure on the individual to perform to an extreme level.  If you're wary of making such pledges this year, perhaps a general resolution would be appropriate, which focuses on improving vegetable consumption and reducing childhood obesity. Agriculturalist and horticulturalist George Ball proposes that 2011 should be the Year of the Vegetable.

Children learn by imitation, he says, and adults have a responsibility to set a good example.  Only 26% of adults have three or more servings of vegetables a day.  To get this number up, Ball proposes a solution.

Adults should not only eat more vegetables to set a good example for kids, they should start a garden, in which vegetables and other food can be grown.

Ball, who is chairman of the W. Atlee Burpee Co., cites studies that found children who grow their own vegetables are not only more likely to eat their peas and carrots, they are happy to eat vegetables they have grown.  For those without a backyard, it's not hard to grow some food inside the home, Burpee sells vegetable seeds and plants that grow easily in containers.

"Let's make 2011 the Year of the Vegetable," he says, "We have nothing to lose but our waistlines."

Read his entire article here.