Oct. 24, 2011 is the date for the first Food Day
, a national day meant to spread the word that “It’s time to eat real, America!” The event has honorary co-chairs in U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin
and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro
. The advisory board
list is long and impressive. It includes food advocates such as Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle and Alice Waters, as well as several senators and congressmen, chefs, health advocates, business people and more.
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
Food Day is organized similarly to Earth Day. There will be scheduled events all across the country. To find an event near you, you can search by ZIP code on Food Day’s Find an Event
page. Or, you can organize your own event and invite others. The website has many resources to help people plan their own Food Day local events
In fact, the website has many resources including curriculum for schools, videos, promotional materials and more.
Mark Bittman mentioned Food Day yesterday in his Opinionator column
, and he said that Slow Food is hoping to replicate the success they had with their $5 Challenge
earlier this month once again on Food Day.
It looks as if there will be lots of options for participating in Food Day from creating a Slow Food meal that costs less than $5 to a huge Food Day Festival
in Savannah, Ga., to a Progressive Bike Dinner
in Tucson, Ariz., where bikers will stop at various places where the six principles will be discussed.