Food Day: A Call to Action

Food Day: A Call to Action

Food Day 2013

Food Day: A Call to Action

Food Day is a call to action to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference in our food system! Food day promotes healthier diets, supports sustainable and organic farms, aims to reduce hunger and malnutrition, improve food access for under-resourced communities, reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals, and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.

Why Food Day? The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. A meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment. Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path. With America’s abundant resources, there’s no excuse for hunger, low wages for food and farm workers, or inhumane conditions for farm animals. Join the Movement! The most important ingredient in Food Day is you! Food Day is not just a day; it’s a year-long catalyst for healthier diets and a better food system!

This is a huge effort with great values and goals. Unfortunately, it's a missed opportunity for the biggest US/global issue that's still, almost always, misunderstood, the part about farmers being fairly paid, how that's specifically done, how that undergirds sustainability, how it's the key hunger issue, (as 80% of the global "undernourished" are farmers,) how it's a key issue for women and persons of color, both in the US and globally. For several years now, (& again this year,) Food Day has provided misinformation on this issue, blaming the (farmer) victims in countries like the U.S., while promoting advocacy on the side of agribusiness, (taking subsidies away from the farmer victims, rather than making agribusiness pay farmers fairly. Behind all of this is a huge problem in the lexicon of subsidies, in the very meaning of the "farm bill." See "Defining the Farm Bill is a Political Act," https://vimeo.com/115986303.

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