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 http://www.foodday.org/ 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.