Hello there Aggies, and happy Food Day! Food Day is an annual nation-wide event that celebrates healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The goal of food day is to bring to the public’s attention some of the issues that are happening within our food system in America, and encourage people to realize that their personal choices and contributions matter to the whole. Food Day events will encourage people to think critically about their food, where it comes from, and what this means.
Food Day was created in order to help people to Eat Real (take the Eat Real pledge here). The American diet has evolved to include an abundance of sugary, salty, overly processed food that contributes little in the way of nutrition. To Eat Real means to consume less processed food in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Advocates of Food Day envision a envision a world where food is not only good for you, but also produced with respect to the people who are in charge of growing it and harvesting it.
Five specific food day priorities:
- Promote safer, healthier diets
- Support sustainable and organic farms
- Reduce hunger
- Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals
- Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers
These goals cannot possibly be reached on their own, and that is where you come in! Use this day think about how changing your own choices about food could help improve America’s food systems, and participate in food day events going on near you.
UC Davis events on Thursday 10/24:
- Fresh From the Farm Cooking Class 12:30-2:00 pm at Student Health Teaching Kitchen
- Farm to Fork 4:45pm – 7:45pm at Segundo, Tercero, and Cuarto Dining Commons
- Food Preservation is Fun Brown Bag 12:00-1:00 pm at the Student Community Center
Check out the Food Day web site for more information: http://www.foodday.org/