Food Day Spotlights the Impact of Our Diet on Health, Farm Workers, and Farmed Animals

By Alexandra Beane — October 22, 2012

The second annual Food Day, which is being held on Oct. 24, aims to raise consciousness about food issues, including the impact of our food choices on the planet, farm workers, animals, and our own health. Over 1,600 events will be held across the U.S., including film screenings, debates, and other activities, to raise awareness of the effect of our food choices, as well as on the issue of hunger and food access. There will also be a conference in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to forecast the state of the food system in 2050.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will observe Food Day with an animated short film, A Pig’s Tail, made in partnership with Aardman Studios, best known for the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit films and Chicken Run. Through the story of Ginger, a pig who seeks a better life for herself and her friends, it introduces children to the lives for factory farm animals.

Food Day is the brainchild of the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which advocates for food safety and proper labeling, and works to educate Americans about the consequences of their food choices. They have developed an Eat Real Quiz, which lets you grade the impact of the food you eat on your health, the environment, and animal welfare.  You can even post your grade on Facebook and Twitter (or work to improve it and then post it!).

“Americans are craving change, both in their own lives and in their communities….standing up to big food companies and demanding better corporate practices and government policies,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson. “It’s time to stop ruining our health and polluting the planet with a food system that is unjust, unsustainable, and not nearly as healthy as it should be.”


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