Monday, October 24, 2011
Our food system in this country is broken. Many people don't have access to real food, often eating highly processed, low nutrition food; they live in what are called food desserts. Much of our food supply is not raised in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner. Many of our food animals are raised in confined quarters making their lives less humane. And Big Ag receives massive subsidies from the government, our tax dollars paying for processing instead of supporting wholesome, whole foods and the farmers who raise them. This in turn often leads to more ill health and more tax dollars supporting a sick-care system.
Food Day is an organization that is lobbying Congress to make changes to our system. To help bring real food back to our schools and our neighborhoods. To help educate people about what truly constitutes a healthy diet. To bring real food back into our homes. This issue is more than just me or you. It's our neighbors, our community, it spreads outwards and I believe it is a vital part of our future.
With more and more food recalls happening, with the shrinking of the American family farm, with the aggressive advertising that junk food producers create, our health as a nation is rapidly declining. We need to turn this cycle around. I believe one way to do this is to speak up, to tell your elected representatives how you feel.
I rarely publicize campaigns on this blog but in this particular instance I feel moved to do so because this one issue encompasses so many of the challenges facing our food supply. I have signed the petition and I encourage you to visit Food Day, learn more about the issues, and sign.