Today marks the second annual Food Day, a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. There are countless ways you can join us in drawing attention to this important day of recognition:
- Attend: Attend a Food Day event in a city near you by locating the event on FoodDay.org.
- Host: Host an event in your own city! No matter how small or large, host an event that brings awareness to the goal of eating real, sustainable food.
- Share: Share Food Day’s message on your social networks and link to Food Day’s Facebook page or tweet @FoodDay2012.
Head over to FoodDay.org
for more info and to share your support!
Photo: Kemp Minifie
It’s Food Day today, and my idea of a great way to celebrate is to cook up a bunch of dark leafy greens. Kale and collards are in their prime in the fall, becoming their sweetest after the first frost. Even though I didn’t grow up eating greens, I’m crazy for them now.
For many years, I stripped the stems and center ribs out of kale and collards and threw them away, assuming they were way too tough to eat. Was I ever wrong!
The lightbulb went on for me when I was getting ready to cook some collards the Brazilian way—my favorite—thinly sliced and quickly sautéed. As usual, I was in a hurry and wondered, how bad can the stems be if they’re thinly sliced? Continue reading
Thanks to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, there’s a bold new way for the many voices advocating healthy and sustainable food to join forces and be heard loud and clear: Food Day, next Monday, October 24. Well over 120 national and local organizations—including American Farmland Trust, FoodCorps, and Slow Food USA—have partnered with CSPI to dedicate that day to activism, events, and fund-raising. Food Day champions six core principles, no doubt familiar to readers of Barry Estabrook and Kristin Kimball on Gourmet Live:
- 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.
- Support fair conditions for food and farm workers.
The genius of Food Day, the first of a planned annual observance, is in bringing together so many groups with complementary missions, harnessing America’s grass-roots resources, and sending a unified message to Congress. Search Food Day’s site for an event near you, or host one and raise funds for your favorite food-related charity (check out our sister site Epicurious.com for a complete Food Day package, including party how-tos, pointers to food charities, and a Facebook contest with coupons courtesy of Whole Foods).
Eat real, and help do away with food deserts in urban communities and unsustainable farming in rural America. What will you be doing on Food Day?