Once again I missed National Food Day. Since it seems to be driven by schools, I probably missed it because our children have finished school. According to the web site there were 3,200 events around the country. The web site says “Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.”
The event was created by The Center for Science in the Public Interest. Food day takes place annually on October 24 and 2012 was the second anniversary.
National Food Day's charter is to:
• Promote safer, healthier diets
• Support sustainable and organic farms
• Reduce hunger
• Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals
• Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers
The founding non-profit, CSPI, produces the Nutrition Action Healthletter, which has almost 1 million subscribers nationwide and this has become the main source of funding for the organization. CSPI does not take any funding from corporations or government. Some foundations support Food Day as well.
I reviewed the advisory panel and found that aside from 11 politicians, the only names I recognize are Jane Fonda and Alice Waters. I have eaten in Alice Waters Chez Panisse restaurant and of course, I know who Jane Fonda is. There are a total of 78 advisors on the panel which seems like an enormous group. The list of Food Day events is very impressive. There are many free local events that teach food preparation that are centered around farms and farmers markets. I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of the recipes interested me. I will be watching their site for updates, but thought I would share this information in the meantime.