Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Food Day Hopes to Get Americans to 'Eat Real'

www.foxnews.com - October 23rd, 2011

Is there anything tastier than eating a cherry tomato that’s just been plucked off the vine, or what about some freshly-picked spinach sautéed with olive oil and garlic? So simple and so fresh. 
This is the kind of eating the organizers of the nation’s first Food Day 2011 is hoping all Americans will soon start adopting.  The grassroots campaign, which kicks Monday, Oct. 24., will encourage Americans to "eat real" and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way. 

“People are eating a diet that’s causing them obesity, heart disease, diabetes, various cancers – and we should do something about that,” Michael Jacobson, Food Day founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told FoxNews.com. “Companies are marketing junk food to kids.

There is still hunger and food insecurity problems in the United States – there are a range of problems.” 

To mark the day, Food Day organizers have put together educational material and a recipe booklet. Companies like the The Cooking Channel are getting behind the movement and encouraging people to eat healthy, while Epicurious, in  partnership with Whole Foods Market, is getting people organize potluck suppers and dinner parties to raise money for food banks and charities.

The good news is there are many, many people concerned about these growing issues, including Jacobson. 

On his website, there’s a mission statement of sorts that says, “Food Day’s goal is nothing less than to transform the American diet.” 

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