The first ever Food Day kicks off on October 24th, 2011 with thousands of events nationwide. Food Day is all about “eating real,” and focuses on attaining a healthy, sustainable and just food system for everyone. It is a day to consider not only what we eat, but also the policies behind those decisions and the people who grow and harvest our food. The movement is committed to six basic principles:

1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness
3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
5. Promote health by curbing junk food marketing to kids
6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers

“Food Day's goal is nothing less than to transform the American diet—to inspire a broad movement involving people from every corner of our land who want healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. In other words, we want America to eat real. We want to get Americans cooking real food for their families again. We want fewer people at drive-throughs and bigger crowds at farmers markets. We want to celebrate fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains—and to support the local farms and farmers that produce them. We want all Americans—regardless of their age or income or geographic location—to be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related conditions.”

Want to get involved? Come down to CROPS farm Monday, October 24th to celebrate national Food Day with Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen. Volunteers at the work party will help with planting, weeding and harvesting. If you want to attend please RSVP and register to volunteer with Hands on Greater Portland!