Mark your calendars to celebrate real food on Food Day 2013!
Food Day 101
Food Day is an annual, nationwide celebration of food that is healthy, sustainable, and affordable. This year, the event falls on Thursday, October 24, but the Food Day organizers really want you to celebrate and embrace eating real food all year long. And why not? It’s better for us and better for the planet.
Food Day planning and activities are driven by a collection of optimistic priorities. They are focused to:
- Promote safer, healthier diets. After all, we live in a world where 2 out of 3 adults and 1 out of 3 children in the U.S. are overweight or obese.
- Support sustainable and organic farms. They’re easier on the environment and produce healthier food, but they don’t get support from the government like the large, industrial farms do.
- Reduce hunger. About 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t have the physical access to healthy food and/or aren’t sure where the money will come from to buy it (all while we waste about 40% of the food we purchase).
- Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals. Read this post on factory farming to understand why this is important.
- Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers. A crop worker earns only $10,000 to $12,500 annually. And food servers have three times the poverty rate as the rest of the American workforce, thanks to the low minimum wage they earn. It’s just not right.
The Food Day web site is awesome. You can search for events in your area or sign up to host one of your own and be a “leader of the Real Food movement.” Food Day’s web site provides a wealth of event ideas, an organizer’s guide, and great recipe collections. You can connect with local coordinators and your community as well. It’s a real movement!
Let’s Get Cooking With Kids!
One special focus for this year’s Food Day is cooking with kids. Great timing, because we just started trying to teach our teenage stepdaughters to cook. (Alli makes a mean mac and cheese!) From the Food Day web site: “We’ll never be able to match the resources of America’s junk-food manufacturers that discourage cooking. But with our help, and armed with just a dozen or so basic, healthy recipes kids can begin to reclaim their health.” Can I get an Amen?
You can access a kid-friendly cookbook, 20 Recipes Every Kid Should Know, by liking Food Day on Facebook at http://bit.ly/15OBum0 and get ideas for hosting a kids cooking class on Food Day’s Let’s Get Cooking With Kids! page.
How will you celebrate Food Day 2013? Let us know what you’ve got planned!
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