Next Monday, October 24, is Food Day, sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group. This organization has been working for safer food since 1971. They promoting meals built around vegetables, fruits and whole grains instead of processed packaged foods. They have coordinated many events for Monday to highlight healthy eating.
There are so many reasons to support their goal.
Public Health Issues
If you want to see a frighteningly graphic image, click on this animated map of the percent of obese adults in the U.S.
Food Day supports small and mid-size sustainable and organic farms as opposed to the agribusiness practice of producing monoculture commodity crops and factory farms that manufacture misery, environmental devastation as well as some pretty awful meat.
You can look for an event near you at this link. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Urban Gardens and Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council are hosting a celebration at the gardens. In Washington DC there will be an exhibit, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” at the National Archives. In Seattle WA there will be a Local Food Dinner highlighting produce and meat from Washington State. I found 4 events happening in Madison, WI alone.
TAKE A LOOK AT FOOD DAY’S TERRIBLE TEN!
- Coca-Cola, the most aggressively promoted and widely consumed brand of sugar-loaded “liquid candy” in the world, has contributed mightily to the obesity epidemic. Each can of Coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugars.
- McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, a Coke and Fries typified many restaurant meals: short on fruit and vegetables, but bulging with calories, sale, saturated far, added sugars, and white flour, which promote obesity, hypertension and other diet-related diseases.
- Salt, which we over consume from countless packaged foods, restaurant meals and salt-enhanced meat and poultry, is the single most harmful substance in our diet. Excess sodium causes more than 100,000 fatal heart attacks and strokes each year.
- Feedlot beef is unhealthy for humans (saturated fat, raised with antibiotics), harmful to the animals (crowded, filthy feedlots), and environmentally destructive (requires massive amounts of energy and resources for feed, pollution from manure and methane).
- Kellogg’s Froot Loops, a fruit-less sugary cereal gussied up with synthetic dyes, is one of a host of junk foods marketed heavily to kids. Kellogg is one of many companies seeking to kill the government’s voluntary nutrition standards intended to promote children’s health.
- Jack DeCoster’s egg farms, which in 2010 experienced huge Salmonella outbreaks, recklessly disregarded consumers’ health and dramatized the need for tougher enforcement of food-safety laws to clean up the whole food industry.
- Powerful lobbying groups – from soft drink meat, food processing, grian, advertising and other industries that thwart important reforms of marketing to kids, food labeling, farm policies and other issues.
- Subsidies to companies that blend corn ethanol into gasoline leading to higher prices for corn and foods with corn ingredients for a program without significant environmental benefit.
- White flour – used in bread, pizza crusts, pasta, doughnuts, cakes, burritos, cookies and many other foods – has spurred the obesity epidemic by adding evermore vitamin-depleted fiber-poor calories to the diet.
- Vending machines dispensing soft drinks and candy – those metallic monsters lurking everywhere, promoting unhealthy diets 24/7.
What would you add to this list?