Tomorrow October 24th is Food Day, a nationwide celebration of food started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest last year. Food Day is a way to “strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nations food policies”; the five core priorities are to 1) promote safer, healthier diets 2) support sustainable and organic farms 3) reduce hunger 4) reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals and 5) support fair working conditions for food and farm workers. If these action items are things you have never thought about before, the list can sound very overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be! In the same way that I encourage you to take small steps to improve your diet, you can take small steps towards improving food policies.
- Try going an entire day without eating pre-packaged foods (don’t forget to bring your own coffee cup when you go to your local coffee shop!)
- Donate some much needed items to your local food pantry
- Make sure that you have at least one serving of vegetables or fruit with each meal and snack
- Shop at a farmers market or local farm
- Prepare a meal for your family or friends (it doesn’t have to be on Food Day itself) and make a note of where each ingredient came from
- Be aware of what you eat throughout the day. Ask yourself where the ingredients came from and how they were grown (this will also help you to be more mindful!)
I’ll be celebrating Food Day with some fellow RD’s by attending a talk about sustainability in the nutrition field; I’m really looking forward to the speaker from Farm Aid! How will you celebrate Food Day?