October 16, 2012
Y’all: I don’t even know where to start. I was lucky enough to kick off World Food Day—today!—with the absolutely brilliant Robyn O’Brien (@unhealthytruth) and Gary Hirshberg, cofounder, former CEO and Chairman of Stonyfield Organic. These two are among the most dynamic food activists in the world. I’m looking forward to sharing their work with you in detail soon but, in the meantime, in honor of World Food Day, I want to tell you THE big takeaway from listening to and speaking with Robyn and Gary today:
Each and every one of us can make a difference.
Robyn was a food industry analyst who’d grown up in a conservative family in Texas. She wasn’t into the whole “hippie food thing.” In fact, she fed her four children blue yogurt and Eggo waffles. Until her youngest got sick. Gary, on the other hand, was into the “hippie food thing.” He was a pioneer, even, who grew a profitable organic food business that proves time and time again that you can do good and make money. Against the odds, both have become leaders. But, once upon a time, they were just like you and me. They know, first hand, that caring, passion and dedication are all it takes.
Gary and Robyn have come to make food activism their business, their livelihood so their impact is huge. It’s not yours and so your impact will be smaller, but it will be. Because—as Gary and Robyn reminded us as business leaders—at the end of the day, numbers define the bottom line. The more people who speak up, the bigger the impact. Period.
So today, mark World Food Day by making your voice heard. Speak out to end hunger. I’ve listed three ways that you can below. Each takes a minute. Literally
Today, speak up for food. Tomorrow, we’ll get back to cooking.
* Sign the ONE.org Food Day petition
* Tweet a message to the Secretary Clinton at the State Department. Go to ONE.org to do it quick, even if you don’t have a Twitter account! (No excuses!)
* Like “World Food Day” on Facebook
Have you read this piece in the Huffington Post by Laurie David and Robyn O'Brien on the FDA's decision to continue supporting use of synthetic food color? If not, check it out. If you have read it... AMEN... right? It turns out the Robyn is teaming up with Healthy Child Healthy World, a favorite organization with whom I work, to make a ruckus. We're going to start with a "twitter party" which I hope to co-host and will take it from there. Stay tuned for details, including how those of you not on Twitter can catch up on what's said and otherwise participate. We want everyone who can to join in telling the FDA that we're mad as hell. And...
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: (more after the jump)
Today marks the second national Food Day, a celebration of healthy eating created by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and you. There is no life without food. Food is health, family, connectedness, and pleasure. It is joy. Yet our American diet is contributing to health problems at a severity never seen before, for children and grownups alike. Our food isn't just making us sick, the way it's produced is also harming farmers, the environment, and the animals we rely on to keep us well fed. We've made cooking a chore and replaced the pleasure of simple home cooked foods with the cheap high that comes from the extreme sweet and salt of processed foods. The food issues that we face as a nation of parents caring for the first generation of children with a life expectancy shorter than our own—along with financial pressures, limited family time, and sheer exhaustion—have stolen our joy for food. Today I ask you to stand with me and take one step towards reclaiming it. The Food Day site will tell you that today is about sustainable food options, eradicating hunger, farm worker justice, access to and knowledge about healthier choices. To me, though, Food Day is about bringing joy back to the family table. The joy of feeling good about what you put in your body. The joy of knowing that you're doing right by your family. The joy of knowing that your choices support your local and global community. The joy of taking pleasure in small actions. Food Day isn't about making a fancy farm-to-table meal (unless you want it to be!). For us busy parents, today is about moving the needle towards joy, even if just by a hair. We can transform our diet and we can even work together to transform the American diet, but even revolutions start with small actions. And small actions earn dedication when they bring joy. So, today, to celebrate Food Day, do just one thing around just one family mealtime that celebrates the joy of healthy eating. Whatever it is—whether scrambling eggs from a local farm for a simple dinner or asking a farmer at the market to tell you about a vegetable you've never eaten before—seek out the same easy joy you feel when biting into a perfectly ripe peach or sitting down to a holiday meal with people you love. Those moments crystallize the joy of food and we can choose to feel them everyday. Starting today. (more, including ways to get involved, after the jump)
Roasted Apricot & Burrata Crostini Get the recipe