Food Day KC — October 24, 2012

Eat Real, Live Well!

Food Day intends to enhance the food chain. A grassroots event sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group that has struggled for accurate labeling, better nutrition, and safer eats for decades.

Food Day celebrates food’s significance as an integral part of the human condition — for vitality, diversion and pleasure. It aims to connect the dots between good food, health, supply and sustainability.  Food Day raises food awareness and suggests alternatives to the ever expanding fast food nation and the dwindling enthusiasm for real food.

Last year’s iteration returned after an extended hiatus. The inaugural Food Day took place in 1975, although it only lasted only a couple of years due to a lack of funding.  Renewed last year, with an increased social fervor for locally grown, natural foods and nutritious diets, Food Day has now become an annual reminder.

Good grub that nourishes should be a staple, so Food Day should be celebrated nearly every day. The human species must, by necessity, eat and drink almost daily. So, why make the art of cooking and eating such unwholesome drudgery? Some one in four Americans dine on fast food daily while obesity, heart disease and diabetes rates continue to soar. Fad diets have been roundly proven unsuccessful. Other societies that have emulated our diet have promptly plumped.  Creating a fine, hale meal with natural ingredients whether savored alone, tête-à-tête or around a communal table has few rivals.

Food Day is a celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food, and a campaign for better food policies.  It seeks to:

          Promote safer, healthier diets

          Support sustainable and organic farms

          Reduce hunger

          Reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals

          Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

While national in scope, there are local chapters, including the Greater KC Food Day.  A series of events include an Apple Share, “State Dinner” for kids, Potluck Dinner, Gleaning Local Farms, Food Day Fair, Food Day Crop Mob, Healthy Cooking Classes will celebrate the Day in Kansas City.    

Food Day intends to foster food biodiversity, encourages local culture, educates about food, organizes food events, and forges unions between consumers and farmers.  Food Day focuses on how food choices not only affect you as individuals and families, but ultimately our society as a whole.

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