Today marks America’s first Food Day, dedicated to encouraging us to eat healthier foods, grown in a more sustainable and humane way.
It was organized by Center for Science in the Public Interest and supported by dozens of partner organizations, many state and local proclamations and more than 2,000 school, organization and community events in all 50 states.
There's at least one Food Day event in Champaign-Urbana. It's a picnic set for 5 p.m. at the University YMCA. Details: http://bit.ly/sgBseI
I found dozens of other events planned forother communities in Illinois on CSPI's website. And there are loads of great ideas there for a health-minded community (Champaign-Urbana?) to consider a larger event for next year.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was set to hand out apples to commuters in Queens and the city was announcing a new food policy website at www.nyc.gov/nycfood. An outdoor festival was planned in Savannah, Ga., and Bentonville, Ark. schools had five days of lessons about food planned, according to CSPI.
Didn't get involved this year? There’s still time to take the spirit of this day to heart at dinner tonight and beyond.
Consider Food Day’s six principles and checking out the website, which includes special recipes contributed by some well-known chefs and cookbook authors:
— Reduce diet-related disease by promoting 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.