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 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.

26 comments

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.4 years ago

" 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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Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

Food inspire me.

Better than sugar tempting me.

Holy Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

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,
-Holly

Christa Leduc
Christa Leduc4 years ago

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

Rajee Seetharam
Rajee Seetharam4 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

Leena K.
Leena K.4 years ago

this is great, thanks!

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec4 years ago

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

Penny C.
Penny C.4 years ago

Thanks for this.Will visit the farmers market.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

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.

Kath R.
Kath P.4 years ago

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