Everyone has an opinion about how to get Americans eating healthy, affordable food. Now’s the time to act on it! This coming Monday, Oct. 24, marks the first-ever Food Day — a national event encouraging people everywhere to, as Ghandi would say, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Food Day’s goal, according to the website FoodDay.org, is “nothing less than to transform the American diet — to inspire a broad movement involving people from every corner of our land who want healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable humane way. In other words, we want Americans to eat real.” The event is backed by an advisory board of anti-hunger or healthy eating advocates like “Super Size Me” creator Morgan Spurlock, physicians, authors like Michael Pollan, politicians and leaders of groups focused on relevant food issues. The initiative is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and is completely people-powered; the campaign actually refuses to accept government or corporate funding.
No matter what your job — whether you’re in the media, in health care, a student or just someone who loves to eat — you can make a difference by doing one or two things: creating an event or participating in one. And there is no obligation! These events can be fun, like a cooking class, or even something as simple as organizing a healthy pot-luck dinner among your friends.
Parents could organize a vegetable-identification contest in their children’s elementary school. Students could organize forums to explore how our dietary choices impact the environment. Health departments could kick off weight-loss campaigns. Bloggers could post a story on food deserts or the effects of junk-food marketing on kids. There’s no such thing as insignificant participation, whether you’re organizing or attending an event.
Food Day promotes six principles:
1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods;
2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness;
3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger;
4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms;
5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids; and
6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers.
To find a Food Day event, just click here, enter your zip code and choose from the list of local options.
For Food Day “Eat Real” recipes, click here.
For more info on the initiative, go to FoodDay.org.