I am on the Advisory Board of Food Day because I think we need a national movement to begin to change how Americans eat and to alter government policies regarding food. It is insane that our country is so unhealthy and partly this is because of how we eat and part of THAT is because of the way our government gives subsidies to agribusiness that makes things like fructose, corn syrup, etc etc that allows fast foods to be so cheap—and unhealthy. For too long environmentalists, farmers, animal rights activists, health care reformers are working working in separate silos. We need to all come together to change America’s food and food policy. This includes eating fresh, wholesome, local food, treating the animals that provide us with food in ways that are healthy and kind. The animals should not be shot up with hormones. The vegetables should not be shot up with chemicals that make them last longer and look redder. I could go on—and on.

This Food Day (Oct 24th) will be an important opportunity for each of us in our own ways to join together. It’s only 4 months away.

Here is an excerpt from a letter from Dr. Michael Jacobson, head of Center for Science in the Public Interest and publisher of Nutrition Action Newsletter:

“Now’s the time to plan that event you’ve been dreaming up, or gather fresh ideas from our Guide for Coordinators. One of the best ways to support Food Day is to continue spreading the word about Food Day by communicating on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and tweeting about your events with the #FoodDay hashtag!

We’d like to invite you to our next Food Day webinar on Tuesday, June 28th, from 1:00-2:00 PM (EST). Join us for a conversation with Robert Lawrence, founding director of the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, on the topic “Industrial food animal production and the high-meat American diet: health and environmental consequences.” Register today!

You can access a recording of our last webinar on junk food marketing to kids by Dr. Kelly Brownell at the following link: http://www.foodday.org/files/2011-05-26Curbing_Junk_Food_Marketing_to_Kids.wmv. Soon we will be adding several new resources to foodday.org, including a Media Guide and a Campus Guide for universities.

Check out our new events on the Food Day map! We are excited to announce that Seattle Public Schools will hold a special Menu Day in all of its schools on October 24 to celebrate Food Day. Youth L.E.A.D Miami will have a screening of the film “What’s on your Plate?” and LiveWell Colorado is organizing their network of health and food-related groups to put on an event in October. Even if you don’t know all the details for your Food Day event, you can add a placeholder and put it on the map. You can also participate by making a donation to support Food Day events.

Don’t forget to register for the webinar on Tuesday, June 28th at 1:00 PM (EST)!

Thank you,

Michael F. Jacobson & the Food Day team

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