” Food Day will be October 24—in 2011 and in years to come. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. We will work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) are the Honorary Co-Chairs for Food Day 2011, and the day is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit watchdog group that has led successful fights for food labeling, better nutrition, and safer food since 1971. Like CSPI, Food Day will be people-powered and does not accept funding from government or corporations—though restaurants, supermarkets, and others are certainly encouraged to observe Food Day in their own ways.
Food Day is backed by an impressive 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. But the most important ingredient in Food Day is you—and we invite you to organize an event and help make Food Day a success.
Support for FoodDay.org is provided by the Elfenworks Foundation.”
Can a National Food Day Convince Americans to Eat Right?
“…Food Day is based on Earth Day, in that any individual or group, formal or informal, can plan events on and around October 24 to improve America’s food systems…
…Who has enough time or enough caffeine running through their veins to take on national issues like subsidies to huge farms or junk-food marketing to push for systemic change on Food Day? The truth is, we have to make time, because it’s going to save us time (and money and health) in the long run.
This is because so many barriers to things food advocates push for — like healthy and sustainably-produced food for all — are systemic, economic, and deeply intertwined. This interrelationship means three things: we need to collaborate; we need to show how everything from hunger and food access to farm worker justice is really one large, complex issue; and we need the general public and policy makers to pay attention…”