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Pacific Elementary students spend time in the school's life lab, where... (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)
DAVENPORT -- A trio of Bay Area journalists documenting the changing food industry is hoping to use a school lunch program in Davenport to examine nutrition and obesity in the nation's youth.

A couple of weeks ago, a film crew from the nascent documentary series Food Forward descended on tiny Pacific Elementary School, where every day teams of fifth- and sixth-graders cook meals from scratch for about 100 students and staff. The Food Lab students wield knives the length of their forearms to slice, dice and chop their way to lunches as varied as scrambled eggs and potatoes to chicken with tzatziki-lemon sauce.