Today is Food Day, a national grassroots campaign to celebrate delicious, healthy, and affordable food produced in a sustainable way.
Thousands of events are planned across the country today in celebration of Food Day 2011.
Organizations like the American Public Health Association, Slow Food USA, the Farmers Market Coalition, and The American Dietetic Association are involved in promoting a healthy and sustainable food system.
One of the major messages of Food Day is that we all can take a more active role in selecting the foods we eat–and don’t eat.
It can be as easy as choosing more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (and fewer sugary soft drinks).
Food Day is coordinated by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The top objectives of the campaign are to:
- Reduce obesity and diet-related diseases by promoting safe and healthy diets.
- Support sustainable family farms and limit subsidies to large farms.
- Expand access to food and end hunger.
- Protect the environment and farm animals by reforming factory farms.
- Curb junk-food marketing aimed at kids.
- Obtain fair pay and safe conditions for food and farm workers.
You can join the celebration by simply preparing dinner tonight with locally-grown ingredients.
If you’d like to get involved for the long-term, follow @CSPI on Twitter or search for Food Day on Facebook.