National Food Day Is Oct. 24: Demand Sustainable Food!
The lack of healthy, sustainably-produced food in America is quickly approaching crisis proportions. Bio-tech companies like Monsanto and AquaBounty are pushing politicians to approve GMOs for public consumption without any mandatory labeling despite public outcry.
Just like the Occupy Wall Street protesters have taken to the streets to demand an end to corporate control of our government and economy, it’s time for real food advocates across the nation to rise up and demand an end to corporate control of the food we eat.
The first annual Food Day will happen on October 24th, 2011, and if you care about feeding your family healthy, truly natural food, it’s time to find a way to participate.
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 powered by people, and not food companies or other corporations,” said Jeff Cronin, Communications Director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the official organizational sponsor of Food Day. “We hope Food Day will inspire Americans to change their own diet for the better, but more important, we want it to result in a bigger, stronger, and more unified movement for improved food policies.”
Pledge to participate by finding an event in your hometown right now. Or download a Food Day organizing guides—and put your own Food Day event on the map. Together, we can build a broad “real food” movement of Americans who want healthy, affordable, and delicious food produced in a sustainable and humane way.