October 24 is Food Day – a day nationally recognized as “a nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food” (foodday.org/about). Food Day is a means of addressing our country’s issues of health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice.
This celebration was created by the CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) in an effort to transform the American diet. The contemporary American diet is cause for hundreds of thousands of premature deaths annually due to heart attacks, diabetes, strokes, and various cancers.
The focus on fast, cheap, processed, and pre-packaged foods are to blame for America’s obesity epidemic. The priorities of Food Day’s founders are to promote safer, healthier diets; support sustainable and organic farms; reduce hunger; reform factory farms to protect the environment; and to support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.
Food Day acts as a reminder to Americans that fresh, quality foods are available and abundant in our country and should be taken advantage of.
More information can be found at foodday.org.
It’s time for America to Eat Real!