On Monday, October 24, 2011, Angelenos will join with others across the country to celebrate national Food Day.
Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way, and is based on the following six principles:
· Reducing obesity and diet-related diseases by promoting safe, healthy foods.
· Supporting sustainable family farms and cutting subsidies to big agribusiness
· Obtaining fair wages for all workers in the food system.
· Ending urban and rural “food deserts” by providing access to healthy, affordable foods/disparities/hunger
· Promoting children’s health by curbing junk-food marketing aimed at kids
· Protecting the environment and farm animals by reforming factory farms
Food Day LA Activities: Over twenty events are planned for Food Day LA, bringing together thousands of Angelenos. I have attached a list of activities planned across LA County. Please take a look and let me know if we’re missing anything or if any information should be updated.
California Healthy Food & Farm Petition: Another key Food Day action individuals and organizations can take is to sign the California Healthy Food & Farm Petition. Over a dozen California-based organizations have joined forces to gather tens of thousands of signatures from citizens on a petition urging California’s decision makers to stand up for healthy food and farm policies by October 24. See the message below and petition attached from the Prevention Institute. Petition link: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5902/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8337
- Choose Health LA’s website:http://www.choosehealthla.com/eat-healthy/foodday/
- National Food Day website has lots of great open source resources, including curriculum, and signage: www.foodday.org
- Newsletters and fliers will be available at the LAFPC Working Group meeting on Thursday, October 20 from 2-5pm.