I care about real food. I’m sure you do too. Did you know that this Friday, October 24 is Food Day? Food Day is on a mission to inspire Americans to change their diets for the better and improve our food policies. Created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day “aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it.” Obesity, chronic disease, food insecurity, hunger, food safety, farm labor, and animal welfare are just some of the topics that Food Day addresses.
Last year I wrote a series of posts on my thoughts on real food. Today seemed like a good day to highlight them again!
It is important for the public to know not only that an apple is a better choice than a bag of Doritos, but also why. I hope that the nutrition and food posts on KERF play a tiny part in this mission.
I am incredibly lucky to be able to afford to buy not just fresh, real food but organic and sustainable products as well. If organic and sustainable options matter to you as well, consider that each purchase you make encourages producers to provide these foods to consumers at more affordable prices. The more we can show farmers that we not only have a demand for their products but that we care about the skills and craft that it takes to bring them to our tables, the better.
Organizations like Charlottesville’s Local Food Hub, which supports the relationship between farmers and chefs by facilitating local food distribution, the City Schoolyard Garden, which cultivates hands-on learning gardens at our city schools, and Peanut Butter & Jelly Fund, which works to educate youth on cooking and nutrition, are leading the real food movement.
There are lots of events going on this Food Day Friday, and you can search your area to see if any are happening near you here. There is lots of buzz on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too, and I encourage you to follow along.
A handful of bloggers have joined me in spreading the word. Check out their posts today!
Visit the following blogs written by other authors participating in Food Day’s first-ever Coordinated Blogging Event:
- When it Comes to Our Kids’ Diets, Let’s Get Real by Gillean Barkyoumb, MS, RDN posted on Food & Nutrition
- Celebrating Food Day 2014 by Barbara posted on Morning Berries
- Food Day 2014 blog post by Kenan Hill posted on Kitchen 1204
- Healthy Food for School Food Day blog post by Sally posted on Real Mom Nutrition
- Food Day 2014 – join the fun in Mundelein and Chicago!!! by Lindsey Shifley posted on to the mullies…
- Happy Food Day (Week) from the Land of Chocolate and Fries by Janina Grabs posted on Food (Policy) For Thought
- Why Organic Matters blog post by Andy Bellatti, MS RD posted on Eating Rules
- The True Cost of Your Food by Nancy Chen posted on Spoon University
- Teach Kids to Cook, Eat and Lead Healthier Lives by Katherine Baker posted on Spoon University
- Millennials May Be “Foodies” But Are They Food Illiterate? by Zoe Holland posted on Spoon University
- Arugula, Walnut, and Bleu Cheese Stuffed Portobellos and Food Day by Justin Fox Burks posted on The Chubby Vegetarian
- Food Day blog post posted on Sankofa Speaks Blog
- It’s Food Day blog post posted by National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- The Future of Heritage Breeding by Eliza MacLean posted on Barnraiser
- 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Food Company by Lisa Curtis posted on Barnraiser
- 5 Reasons to Savor Specialty Coffee This Food Day by Mark Inman posted on Barnraiser
- The Future of School Gardens by Benjamin Eichorn posted on Barnraiser
- Food Day 2014: The Future of Food, collection edited by Barnraiser
- Waste Not, Want Not: How Ordinary Home Cooks Can Help Prevent World Hunger; Autumn’s Harvest and Food Day; Waste Not, Want Not Quick Health Saver Tip; Waste Not, Want Not: Quick Dessert Idea; Waste Not, Want Not: Reflections; Waste Not, Want Not Recipe: Ginger Cardamom Green Beans; Waste Not, Want Not: 5 Tricks for Cooking Not Tossing Bitter Foods by Mary Collette Rogers posted on Everyday Good Eating
- Scantily Clad Photos and Burgers by Denise the Dietitian posted on A Dietitian’s Diary: Finding a Healthy Balance
This post isn’t sponsored in any way – just showing some love for real food.