October 24th, 2011
Happy Food Day!
Today and every October 24th to come is Food Day, a national day of focus on real food that seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. Today, all over the country, community events are taking place at city halls, hospitals, state capitals, schools, farmers markets and more, all designed to celebrate and educate the six Food Day principles:
1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
2. Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
4. Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
Yes, yes, YES!!
Food Day is sponsored by the watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest and is backed by an advisory board that includes anti-hunger advocates, physicians, authors, politicians and leaders of groups focused on everything from farmers markets to animal welfare to public health. This year’s Honorary Co-Chairs are Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). And the best part is that Food Day is people-powered! Though businesses including restaurants and supermarkets have been encouraged to observe Food Day, the organizers have not accepted government or corporate funding.
Food Day is for us, by us.
Find out more on FoodDay.org, where you can also find a Food Day event by you. If you cannot make an event—or even if you can!—talk to your kids about Food Day. If they’re young, it can be a simple conversation about real food.
* Hit the market with kiddo and spend some time in the veggie section.
* Let them touch and taste real produce.
* Show your little one food on the vine, whether in a city garden, nearby farm or pot in your backyard.
* Introduce a new veggie.
* Make a vegetarian dinner or at least a meal made entirely of whole ingredients.
Make a difference today, and tell us how. I want to know what you’re going to do with your kiddos to celebrate Food Day. Share plans and ideas here!
And, no matter what, take 2 minutes to ask Congress to support Food Day’s goals.