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The Food Revolution Hits the Street…Tomorrow!

The Food Revolution Hits the Street…Tomorrow!

Say what you will about chef/TV personality Jamie Oliver (believe me, we have all said it) he has done just about more than any contemporary cultural figure to engage Americans (across the board) in a frank discussion about how, and what, we eat. His Food Revolution reality-based show drew in roughly a bazillion viewers and got people talking about “pink slime” at least a year before it became categorically vilified (these things do take time, don’t they). Now the endearing Mr. Oliver is moving out of the virtual televised realm and taking his revolution to the streets with the first ever Food Revolution Day on May 19th – a global day of reckoning, celebration, education, and conversation all about food.

Unlike other food holidays (Thanksgiving, national hot dog day, pizza week, etc) this event, which will simultaneously be held in more than 500 cities in 57 countries around the world and promote healthy, informed, and sensible eating. It will consist of events ranging from private dinner parties, to cooking classes, farmer’s market tours and community potlucks to much larger food celebrations/spectacles.

Jamie Oliver, on his Food Revolution website, paints the day like this:

“Food Revolution Day is about getting people to focus on food issues and the importance of food education. We’ve got a whole host of amazing foodie events happening; taking place in homes and communities all around the world — on village greens and parks, in people’s houses, gardens and restaurants — there are no limits! Join us by cooking a lovely meal for your friends and family, taking a walk to a local farmers market and supporting the local producers, or you could just make a small change to your eating habits as a step towards a healthier lifestyle. No event is too little, every voice and every action counts.”

Arguably, When more than 1.5 billion adults worldwide are overweight and of those 200 million men and 300 million women are obese, a simple day may not satisfy our appetite for real revolution. But we all have to start somewhere, and sharing meals, awareness, and a mutual sense of purpose seems like a very sensible way to whet an appetite.

Are you going to celebrate Food Revolution Day, or is this something you just can’t get behind? How do you think a food revolution can take hold in your community? What are you doing this Saturday?

If you love good food and want to be a part of a day that is all about sharing information, talents and food-related resources, click here to get involved with Food Revolution Day.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Food should always be free of chemicals, toxins and other things that are detrimental such as GMO foods!

8:27AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Jamie is trying to really make a difference for health. Thanks.

5:31PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Thanks.

6:04AM PDT on May 20, 2012

thanks

3:58AM PDT on May 20, 2012

Jamie you are an angel, keep up the good work.

1:52AM PDT on May 20, 2012

Thanks to Jamie

1:39AM PDT on May 20, 2012

Kudos to Jaime Oliver and his fight against windmills. He's a brave man.
I don't think his revolution will impact the people in my country, though. We're as passive as pandas.

11:35PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Very good!

11:00PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Any food revolution would be good for all of us! Thanks Jamie Oliver!

8:45AM PDT on May 19, 2012

A different kind of food revolution! For those of us who are vegetarian or vegan for the ethical treatment of animals, nutritional debates over soy aren't an issue. The health advantages of veg*ism are just a pleasant side effect of a nonviolent philosophy. Meat and dairy analogs provide us with familiar tastes -- without the cruelty.

Would it hurt to refrain from taking the lives of our fellow creatures? John Robbins, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated Diet for a New America, spoke at a Unitarian church here in Oakland, CA in 2001. The church was PACKED.

John writes in The Food Revolution (2001):

"The revolution sweeping our relationship to our food and our world, I believe, is part of an historical imperative. This is what happens when the human spirit is activated. One hundred and fifty years ago, slavery was legal in the United States. One hundred years ago, women could not vote in most states. Eighty years ago, there were no laws in the United States against any form of child abuse. Fifty years ago, we had no Civil Rights Act, no Clean Air or Clean Water legislation, no Endangered Species Act.

"Today, millions of people are refusing to buy clothes and shoes made in sweatshops and are seeking to live healthier and more Earth-friendly lifestyles. In the last fifteen years alone, as people in the United States have realized how cruelly veal calves are treated, veal consumption has dropped 62 percent."

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