This Friday, everyone across the country has an opportunity to celebrate real, healthy food via Food Day, an annual virtual and in-person campaign hosted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Food Day aims to harness the energy already being expended on changing our diets and our food policies into a focused national effort.
Just in the Washington Heights neighborhood of NYC, for example, I know of the following events taking place on the 24th:
- Screening and discussion of Fed Up
- Big Apple Crunch
- Potluck lunch with dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients
The Food Day website has an easily searchable events page so that you can find events taking place nearby. Similar to last month’s climate rally, the events themselves aren’t necessarily changing our food system, but they’re building momentum for that shift, a shift that will come from both policies and individuals. As usual, Mark Bittman says it best in his recent op-ed, encouraging readers to avoid processed food in favor of plant-based foods. Well, duh – but while this advice is about as straightforward as it can get, and sounds rather familiar to Michael Pollan’s “Eat Food, Mostly Plants” mantra, I think he puts a new twist on this message by explaining that such a diet is effectively “an unassailably powerful personal food policy.” While we’re waiting for government and industry to play catch up, those of us with access to fresh, real food can and should buy, eat, and cook more of it. Here are some recipes from the Food Day site to give you some ideas.
Happy Food Day!