October 24 - Today is Food Day! Rather Than Occupying Wall Street, Foodies Everywhere are Occupying Big Food.
“It's all connected. The diets we select, the foods we grow, the policies we form, and the impact we have. It's time to get real about food.” - CSPI
Today, Monday October 24th is Food Day.
Food Day is a nationwide campaign coordinated by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to promote delicious, healthy, and affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. This independent organization has strong and scientifically based opinions on all aspects of the American diet, “too many Americans base their diet on fatty factory-farmed animal products, salty packaged foods, and sugary drinks that cause everything from obesity and heart disease to strokes and cancer. Moreover, the way our food is produced is all too often unfair to farm workers, cruel to farm animals, and contributes to climate change and pollution.” CSPI's mission is to change the American diet to one based on REAL food.
REAL food is food that is derived from Mother Nature rather than a science laboratory. Real food is fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, meat, poultry, and fish. Real food is not genetically modified (GM corn, soy, canola, salmon, etc.), nor is it man-made (artificial coloring, artificial sweeteners, partially hydrogenated oils, etc.).
Food Day is a celebration of delicious, nutritious, whole foods. If you would like to join in with the fun, why not follow in the footsteps of public health professionals and foodies across the nation by voicing your opinion to your congressman, cooking a fresh meal for your family, or taking strides to alter your food choices. Some occupy Wall Street, others Occupy Big Food.
Here are a few of the ways foodies are helping to celebrate Food Day today and every day:
- Reduce diet-related disease by promoting and enjoying safe, healthy foods
- Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness
- Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
- Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
- Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
- Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
What do you think? What factors do you consider when you are grocery shopping? Do you seek out local, organic, humane, cage-free, natural, or avoid food from particular companies? Are you stumped as to why anyone would want to learn more about their food? Curious to learn more? Check out one of the countless nationwide events on and around October 24 where fabulous food experts will aim to inspire you to better your health and help make a difference in our food system. If everyone were to make food choices based on safety and fairness, surely organic prices would fall while processed and fast-food prices would increase. It all comes down to the system of checks and balances and every single purchase is being watched, the food industry will offer whatever we are buying.