We are excited to participate in the third annual Food Day event. In case you missed it last year, Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. The campaign builds all year long, supported by US lawmakers, corporations, nonprofit organizations, chefs, farmers, doctors, activists, nutritionists, authors, actors and concerned eaters and culminates on October 24. This year’s focus is on food education as a way to improve our diets, address obesity and other health issues, starting on schools and campuses.
Why is Food Day Important?
We all know that there are major problems with our current food system. The standard American diet contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems, all of which amount to a lot of suffering, and on top of that, cost Americans billions, even trillions of dollars every year. Pretty depressing! Luckily, the alternative – eating real food that is grown locally and produced sustainably – is not only good for us, but it can be a lot of fun, too.
What Can You Do?
Our Food Day graphics address three important topics: the problems with marketing unhealthy food to kids, the importance of getting kids into the kitchen and how to reduce food waste. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite resources in these areas. Check them out:
Marketing to Kids
Food Mythbusters presents the real story about the food we eat. They believe that marketing targeted to children and teenagers is a major cause of our public health crisis. Watch their newest movie, “Is Junk Food What We Really Crave?” and see founder Anna Lappe’s excellent 2013 TEDx Manhattan talk.
DigitalAds.org, a project of the Berkeley Media Studies Group and DC-based Center for Digital Democracy, tracks the high-tech ad campaigns created by junk food and fast food companies to target kids using “advergames,” social networks, mobile marketing and more. Warning: will induce righteous indignation!
The Kids Cook Monday is a campaign to help motivate parents to cook with their children, offering family-friendly recipes and video demonstrations along with a free starter family dinner toolkit, making it easy for families to cook and eat together every Monday.
Food Network has a whole section devoted to helping you get your kids into the kitchen with kid-friendly tips and great recipes for cooking with kids.
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution is dedicated to saving lives by inspiring everyone – moms, dads, kids, teens and cafeteria workers – to get back to basics and start cooking good food from scratch. His website is full of resources and recipes to teach cooking skills, change school food and improve the health of our country. (The whole world, really.)
Food Shift: Pledge to reduce your food waste! Food Shift works collaboratively with communities, businesses and governments to develop long-term sustainable solutions to reduce food waste and build more resilient communities.
Our Food Waste section will help you get started making a change.
NRDC’s report, Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill, examines the inefficiencies in the US food system from the farm to the fork to the landfill.
Join in other great Food Day celebrations
- In celebration of Food Day, Wholesome Wave wants to know how you are helping to rebuild our food system. Whether you are an individual, a foundation, a corporation, a nonprofit or a government entity, your actions make a difference. Collectively, our actions are building a more equitable, sustainable food system. Download their template, write a message, snap a photo and share it on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #wwrebuilds (or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Get your college campus to sign The Real Food Campus Commitment on Food Day! By signing the Real Food Campus Commitment, colleges and universities pledge to buy at least 20 percent real food annually by 2020 and thereby use their tremendous purchasing power to support a healthy food system that strengthens local economies, respects human rights, ensures ecological sustainability and facilitates community involvement and education.
- Attend a free Healthy Food Action webinar on Monday, 10/28 at 12:00 PM EDT/11:00 AM CDT. This webinar highlights health professionals who have found ways to change our conception of how hospitals, clinics and private practice ought to look to reflect the need for access to healthier, more sustainable food and farming.
- Follow along on social media! Check out the Food Day 2013 Facebook and Twitter pages. Or search #FoodDay2013 on Twitter to see what others have to say.
- Check out events all across the country through the Food Day map of events on their website. And don’t forget that everyday should be a Food Day - celebrate all year long!