It’s Food Day today. You can officially say that you were around for the very first Food Day. I figured you might have some questions about this new concept so here’s the lowdown.
What might you ask is “Food Day”?
It is a nationwide campaign sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is a nonprofit group that has led successful campaigns for food labeling, better nutrition, and safer food. Like CSPI, Food Day does not accept funding from government or corporations.
Okay good. But what is the point of Food Day?
I went to www.foodday.org and loved the mission statement that I found there.
Food Day’s goal 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 America to eat real. We want to get Americans cooking real food for their families again. We want fewer people at drive-throughs and bigger crowds at farmers markets. We want to celebrate fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains—and to support the local farms and farmers that produce them. We want all Americans—regardless of their age or income or geographic location—to be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related conditions.
So can you tell me what the driving principles are?
Food Day 2011 has five key priorities:
- Promote healthier foods so fewer people get diet related diseases
- Support sustainable farms and stop subsidizing agribusiness
- Expand access to food so people aren’t hungry
- Reform factory farms to protect animals and the environment
- Curb junk-food marketing to kids