A highlight on Food Day
If you’re reading this, you probably love food. And why shouldn’t you? It’s delicious, it’s social, there’s no end to the variety so you’ll never get bored, and it literally keeps us alive. Something as amazing as food really deserves its own holiday, which is why I was so excited to find out that there’s such a thing as Food Day. And no, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving. Celebrated on October 24th, Food Day is a “nationwide celebration, and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.” If those aren’t values worth celebrating, I don’t know what are. Here are the details:
Food Day is the 2011 brainchild of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, whose mission is to continually research health and nutrition, and to provide the public with the information we need to make responsible choices about the food we consume. This kind of research is invaluable given the debatable nutritional quality of the processed foods our country is consuming in ever higher quantities.
However, the nutritional value (or lack thereof) of our food is unfortunately not the only problem with it. Modern farming practices and food legislature contribute to pollution, unnecessary animal cruelty, unsafe working conditions, and even, paradoxically, hunger. Food Day strives to address all these concerns by uniting people who take an interest in them and encouraging the conversation. It’s also, of course, a great excuse to spend some time cooking/eating/discussing/promoting good food with people who love it as much as you do.
At FoodDay.org you can sign up for a Food Day event near you, or organize your own. With less than a month to go before the celebration, Food Day events of all kinds are cropping up across the country, with several right here in the Boston area. For example, 200 Massachusetts schools have agreed to serve a fresh local school lunch with reduced processed foods on October 24th. As for grown-up kids, we’re all invited to the final harvesting from The Brookline Department of Public Health garden, the Jamaica Plain community supper, and the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival. Also be on the lookout for restaurants in Harvard Square that will be taking a “20 mile challenge”, using only ingredients grown or produced within a 20 mile radius of Cambridge.
Representatives at the Boston Local Food Festival will have plenty more information about the goals of the movement, its many partner organizations, and how to start your own event celebrating food the way it should be: nutritious, sustainable, and fair to everyone involved. See you there!