What Is Food Day?

By: Victoria Phillips

Mark your calendars: The first annual Food Day is almost here. From this year forward, every October 24 you’ll find schools, communities, health professionals and local officials pushing for sustainable food that’s healthy, affordable and produced in a humane way.

How you celebrate the big day is entirely up to you. Plan an event, work with your local city council or even just spread the word. Food Day is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group that’s fought for big strides in food since 1971. The day is backed by an extensive advisory board of politicians, leaders and advocates, plus honorary co-chairs Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Rosa DeLauro.

There are six goals Food Day aims to achieve:
1.    Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods

2.    Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness

3.    Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
4.    Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
5.    Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
6.    Support fair conditions for food and farm workers

Find an event near you, host your own or just visit the Food Day site for more information.

Tell us: What are your plans for Food Day?
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