Food Day – October 24, 2014

October 20, 2014 / Amritha Roser

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Food Day is a day of action intended to encourage Americans to eat healthy, sustainable food and advocate for smarter food policies.  The typical American diet promotes health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, environmental pollution, and poor working conditions for individuals that harvest, process and prepare food.  Food Day, spearheaded by Michael F. Jacobson, the Executive Director of Center for Science in the Public Interest, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and advised by a board of leading experts, aim to do the following:

 

  • Reduce diet related disease (diabetes and heart disease) by promoting safe and healthy food
  • Control junk food marketing to children
  • Expand access to food to alleviate food insecurities and hunger
  • Support sustainable farming and reduce subsidies to big agribusiness
  • Protect the environment by reforming factory farms
  • Support fair conditions for food and farm workers

 

For more information on Food Day and to learn about what you can do to support or join the movement please visit http://foodday.org/.