Happy Food Day! A nationally recognized day devoted to “Eating Real” started by one of my favorite groups, the Center for Science in the Public Interest. CSPI is all about encouraging people to support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, human way. Music to my ears and exactly what this blog is all about. Showcasing how delicious and often simple whole foods are.
The CSPI through Food Day is asking to you Eat Real! Since most of our food consumption is backed by lobbyist and big agriculture, the CSPI is asking you to take a stand to promote better food. DK is on board, you can send your message here:
To nail down the massive problems with our food supply Micheal Jacobsen, executive Director of CSPI came up with these six guiding principles:
1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness
3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
My favorite quote from Micheal Jacobson sums up what Food Day is really about,”CSPI does a lot of work on food safety, but that causes fewer deaths than heart disease and cancer related to diet, we thought it was important to bring in food justice issues. When you think about our food system, it’s really made possible by the animals that are living in misery and the farmworkers who work in miserable conditions with low pay. Workers especially in slaughterhouses and meat-processing plants—dangerous, dangerous places—are usually not unionized.”
What are you doing to promote Food Day? I am gathering friends over for a Food Day potluck, everyone has to bring their favorite “real food” meal. I’m making my newest obsession, Kale salad. That recipe will be posted on Wednesday.
Have a wonderful Food Day!