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Food Day Inspiration

Food Day Inspiration

Tomorrow is Food Day in America. To celebrate, you may consider visiting your farmers’ market, and making the acquaintance of a few of the people who grow food in your area—and being a grateful customer. Or joining a local gardening class with your children. Or spending time in your kitchen and pulling out your favorite recipe—unless you’d rather experiment with this new dish you enjoyed at a friend’s house. You may even throw a full-on dinner party!

Want to find out what event is available in your community? Simply go to and click on the map to access the hundreds of listings posted around the country.

Food Day is about bringing people together to “push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.” It is orchestrated by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group that has led fights for food labeling, better nutrition, and safer food since 1971. All of us are invited to participate, not only as conscious consumers but also as members of the Republic by petitioning our elected officials for policies designed to transform the food system. Six demands are listed, including fair conditions for food and farm workers, curbing junk-food marketing for kids, and reducing subsidies to big agribusiness.

The movement to reform the American food system is only getting started. The way food issues have been brought to the foreground of the public debate (from diet-related diseases to the aberration of industrial animal farms) is cause for celebration already. Time has come for the real work to be done: implementing change in how we grow and consume our food, individually and as a society. In fact, this is about transforming our relationship with food altogether. Food as not just the necessary fuel to sustain our bodies, but as the gift to ourselves and each other, as the glue that brings our families and community together, as the unspeakably precious link that connects us to Mother Nature. So much there to explore and enjoy!

On this gorgeous day, I intend to enjoy my farmers’ market one last time before it closes for winter, before cooking dinner for a special guest. How does Food Day inspire you? Please tell your Food Day story in the comments below.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.


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10:21AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

" Time has come for the real work to be done: implementing change in how we grow and consume our food, individually and as a society. " Thank you for these words.
Society should practise what they think they believe and not just talk the talk. So much food goes to waste globally, yet, there is so much starvation. There is absolutely no balance.

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11:44PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Food inspire me.

Better than sugar tempting me.

10:08PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

We joined a local co-op this summer and couldn't believe what we had been missing! We will be members from now on!

thanks Much,

7:01AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

I get most of my produce from my local organic farmer.

4:13AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Thank you for sharing!

10:25PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

this is great, thanks!

7:32PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Celebrate Food Day! I always enjoy going to the farmers market. Let's support local farmers. Let's eat more real food!

6:05PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Thanks for this.Will visit the farmers market.

3:23PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

No farmers market anymore, but I'll celebrate by eating vegetables and rice from the health food store.
Thanks for the list of demands being sent to our - quote - elected representatives - unquote.

10:08AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

My square foot garden has been the best thing I've ever done!!

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