At Sipipa, we’re passionate about food, so we’re happy to participate in any event celebrating food. National Food Day takes place annually on Oct. 24 as Americans come together to enjoy “real food” and push for improved food policies.
National Food Day was initiated in 2011 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to celebrate healthy, affordable and sustainably-produced food, but it also included a grassroots campaign element to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state and federal level. Hundreds of Food Day events are planned across the country to encourage people to positively change their diets and urge our government to improve food policies.
Combine Activism and Health
CSPI is a strong advocate for nutrition, health and food safety. They created National Food Day, in part, to unite some of the country’s most prominent food activists. Across the U.S., farmers, health officials, nutritionists, environmentalists, students, teachers and other advocates are sponsoring activities related to real food.
Supporters have a vision of food that is healthy, affordable and produced in a more humane and sustainable way to care for the environment, animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it. They see Food Day as not just a one-day event — but a year-long catalyst for healthier diets and a better food system that can make a meaningful and long-lasting difference.
Another goal of Food Day aims to help people is to “Eat Real” by cutting back on sweets, sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty meats. Many Americans have a diet that contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems that collectively cost more than $150 billion per year to manage. To reduce this, Food Day proponents encourage people to eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean, sustainably-raised protein.
Here are some CSPI goals to address health and environmental issues:
- Promote safer, healthier diets.
- Improve food education for America’s youth.
- Support sustainable and organic farms.
- Reduce hunger and improve food access for the 46 million Americans considered “food insecure” or near hunger.
- Reform “factory farms” to protect the environment and farm animals.
- Support fair working conditions for 20 million U.S. food and farm workers.
If you want to get involved, use the momentum around National Food Day to start eating healthier. Think about how your typical weekly diet impacts your health, the environment and animal welfare. You can also take small steps by planting a vegetable garden, taking cooking lessons, learning about your company’s wellness policy or participating in a community supported agriculture program.
To learn more about your diet’s impact on your health and the environment, answer 14 Questions that Could Save Your Life and the Planet at http://www.foodday.org/14questions.