On Wednesday, supporters of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food across the United States will celebrate Food Day 2012. According to organizers, Food Day is a chance to celebrate what our food system does right, and take action to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it.
Food Day’s priorities are to
- Promote safer, healthier diets;
- Support sustainable and organic farms;
- Reduce hunger;
- Reform factory farms to protect the environment; and
- fair working conditions for food and farm workers.
Mary Helen of Mary Makes Dinner has invited food bloggers to participate in a blog-along to support the effort.
For those of us who have decided to "eat out loud," we have a wonderful opportunity to work as educators on the topics of health food, sustainable agriculture, and organic farming. Bloggers like us can help affect change in a major way, by taking these heavy issues and making them digestible for our readers. We can present problems and solutions in a friendly way, making it easier for people to learn about everything from food choices to grassroots activism.
Kelly of Wings, Worms, and Wonder shared a week-long curriculum that can be used to help interest kids in good food and some of the issues promoted by Food day:
There are enough activities in the curriculum to last the entire week and, if combined with the lessons in the “Nourishment” section of Wings, Worms, and Wonder, you could really build quite a fantastic and substantial unit! Most importantly though, don’t forget to include delicious tasting experiences and perhaps even a field trip to a farmers market or local farm!
Of course, while Food Day provides an event-based opportunity to raise awareness, Mary Gerush of Eat Drink Better keeps it in perspective, reminding readers that the principles of Food Day can be followed every day of the year:
In my opinion, eating real (or eating more organically… or wasting less food… or consuming less processed food… or any of the other viewpoints we share here on EatDrinkBetter) is relative. I hope to eat better every day than I did the day before. (I want my family to do the same, but there’s a limit to my influence on two teenage girls and a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy.)
It's a good reminder, and I try to take that message to heart daily, too. I don't make healthy and sustainable choices every time I lift my fork, but the more often I can, the better I feel about what I'm eating and the effect that has on the world around me.
How are you celebrating Food Day 2012? Share your events, thoughts, and stories in the comments below. And let us know if you're participating in the blog-along!
Image Credit: FoodDay.org
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