Rainforest Action Network has declared today Occupy Our Food Supply, a global day of action. Across the United States and the globe, people will be participating in various ways and joining food activists like Michael Pollan, Annie and Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson, Marion Nestle, and Robert Kenner of "Food, Inc." in the day of action.
The goal of Occupy Our Food Supply is that people who care will “come together to creatively confront corporate control of our food supply and take action to build, healthy, accessible food systems for all.”
Some of the events already happened over the weekend, but there are other events happening today. To see if there’s an event near you, you can search Occupy Our Food Supply’s interactive map.
If you can’t make it to an event, there are still ways you can participate in the movement from your own home, in your own kitchen. I bet if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re already doing things that make you a participant in this movement like paying attention to where you food comes from, eating less (or no) meat, and supporting local farmers.
But, if you’re looking for a way, even a small way to participate today, here are seven things you can do to stand with the participants of Occupy Our Food Supply.
Find out the opening date of your local farmers market this spring and mark it on your calendar, now. Make a commitment to attend opening day and spend as much as you can afford to give local farmers some much needed funds after the lean financial winter that most small farmers experience.
Sign the Just Label It petition. Organizers of the petition hope to have 1 million signatures on a petition that lets the Food and Drug Administration know that Americans want clear labels on foods made with genetically engineered ingredients.
Share a home cooked meal. If you cook with fresh, healthy ingredients, share one of your best dishes with someone else — a neighbor, your kids’ crossing guard, a family with a new baby or a sick family member, or anyone you think would benefit from a good, home cooked meal. Try this Minestrone Soup recipe if you can’t think of one. It’s loaded with lots of fresh, healthy ingredients and makes more than enough to share.
Another way to share your food is to get involved with a food swap, an event where you swap your homemade foods for foods others have made. A list of food swap nationwide can be found at The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. Not only will you get some great homemade food, you’ll connect with other people in your community who care about good food.
If you’re not already involved in Slow Food, Check out your local organization. See if there’s an event you can attend that will get you familiar with this organization that supports good, clean, fair food.
Take the time to read Prince Charles’ speech from last year’s Future of Food Conference.
Grow something. Even if it’s just a pot with parsley or basil on a windowsill. Once you realize how great just snipped herbs are in your food, you’ll probably get interested in growing something else. The more you grow yourself, the less you’ll need to buy from Big Ag.
What will you do today to Occupy Our Food Supply?