Monday, October 24, 2011 marked the first National Food Day, organized by Food Day.org, a non-profit organization committed to bringing together Americans from all walks of life, including parents, teachers, students, health professionals, community organizers, local officials, chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes, to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. http://foodday.org Food Day.org is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the nonprofit watchdog group that has led successful fights for food labeling, better nutrition, and safer food since 1971. http://www.cspinet.org/ Like CSPI, Food Day.org is people-powered and does not accept funding from government or corporations. Rather, Food Day.org worked with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals on October 24th, and Boulder County had its fair share of the fun.
Boulder County Public Health helped organize Boulder County’s Food Day and the companion Eat Local Challenge, with the primary aim of encouraging people to eat healthier meals, raising awareness of rising obesity in the county, and educating people about the benefits of eating locally. The Boulder County events ranged from special menus at Arugula in Boulder and Terroir in Longmont featuring food produced by local farmers and ranchers, to a locally sourced food potluck in Lafayette sponsored by the Eat Local Challenge, to a range of food preparation and preservation workshops and family potlucks throughout Boulder County.
The six goals of Food Day.org are to: reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods, support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness, expand access to food and alleviate hunger, protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms, promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids, and support fair conditions for food and farm workers. And, to help people figure out what to do with their healthy food, Food Day.org offers a free, downloadable Food Day cookbook with a variety of delicious, healthful, and easy-to-prepare recipes from some of the country’s most prominent chefs and cookbook writers. http://foodday.org/why-eat-real/recipes.phpJust be sure to choose locally grown and organic ingredients when preparing the recipes and you’ll succeed in meeting all six of their goals at the same time.