This year marks the second national annual food day. Food day is a “celebration and a movement for healthy affordable, and sustainable food.” It was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Its goals are to “promote safer, healthier diets, support sustainable and organic farms, reduce hunger, reform factory farms to protect the environment, and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.”
Many of the leading causes of death in the United States are related to nutrition and are preventable!
- Heart Disease
- Certain types of cancer
Unfortunately there is not enough healthy food to go around. Many people don’t have access to good quality healthy food. Also in many cases unhealthy food is more affordable. The government heavily subsidizes the corn, wheat, soybean, rice, and cotton industries. These crops are then used in many of the foods that are making us sick. High Fructose Corn Syrup anyone? It is not as profitable or easy for farmers to grow other fruits and vegetables.
We need to push for food reform if we want to start seeing changes in the way our food is grown, the cost of these foods, and the rise of preventable nutrition related diseases and chronic conditions.
Learn more about Food Day here
Also learn about the Farm Bill here
I was hoping to write a longer post on this topic because of my interest and passion for the subject of nutrition. But two exams this week and work are eating up all my time. 😦 Hopefully I can add more soon!