The Cost of Wasted Food

Uneaten spaghetti and meatballs left on your dinner plate? Think twice before tossing it in the trash. This past Food Day, the National Consumers League released a new report revealing the United States as one of the largest producers of food waste across the globe. According to the report, 40% of food in the United States goes to waste, which is over 35 million tons of food per year. The report details the ethical concerns surrounding the problem of food waste, as well as the financial and environmental repercussions. 

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Choose Healthy Food Policies, Not Just Healthy Food

This post was originally posted on Union of Concerned Scientists

It is not uncommon to hear people decry the endless array of junk food in front of us in nearly every store and public place. But what do we do about it, other than sometimes search high and low for something other than sugar, fat and salt to snack on?

That vast landscape of empty calories didn’t just happen, or result from the “free market.” It is a result of years of public policy decisions on agriculture, community planning, communications, government purchasing, the management of public spaces, school lunches, and more. If we, as a democratic society, have set public policies that lead to unhealthy diets for many Americans, then we also have the power to change those policies.


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Urging Food Education and Cooking Classes in Nation's Schools

This post was originally published on Huffington Post Healthy Living.

This Oct. 24, 8,000 events all around the country brought Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. Hundreds of school districts celebrated Food Day by serving special healthy meals in cafeterias as well as organizing cooking classes and harvest celebrations in school gardens.


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Food Day Celebrated at Taste of Atlanta

featured.jpgAtlanta chefs are busy prepping and perfecting their best recipes for the city’s most anticipated food festival. Named the “Best Food Festival or Event” by Creative Loafing magazine, the 13th Annual Taste of Atlanta returns to Midtown at Tech Square on October 24 – 26 to satisfy palates with a stellar lineup of local and nationally-renowned chefs, insider cooking demos, throwdown competitions and over 100 of the city’s most delicious restaurants. From exploring new neighborhood dining spots to mastering gourmet culinary creations, food lovers of all ages will get their fill of Atlanta’s fervent foodie culture!


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Happy Food Day!

Today (October 24) and throughout the month of October, more than 8,000 events and activities across the country have been taking place to support what’s good about America’s food system and correct what’s bad.  In Los Angeles, local citizens have gathered at City Hall to celebrate the collective impact of food-policy advocates.  In Detroit, each student in each of the 100 public schools will be enjoying a special locally sourced, “clean-label” meal in the cafeteria.  Countless others in communities across the country are attending local harvest festivals, enjoying potluck meals, watching “Fed Up” and other films, and pledging to shift their own diets and local or national policies in a healthier direction.

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Food Day Highlights Injustices Connected to the Food Supply

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Healthy Living on October 22.

Restaurant workers whose base pay is $2.13 per hour. Workers in food-processing plants who trim meat -- and develop repetitive stress injuries. Farm workers who are exposed to high levels of pesticides.

Those outrages have fueled the increasingly vocal food justice movement. Many workers at fast-food restaurants are protesting in the streets about low salaries and high job insecurity, but the industry is resisting with all its might. With pressure from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) and unions, more and more restaurants are treating their workers respectfully and states are raising the minimum wage for everyone. (ROC has a nationwide guide to restaurants that are paying their workers decent wages.)

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Over 8,000 Food Day events nationwide!

Friday is the day we have all been planning for.  Hundreds of events and activities have already taken place to kick off Food Day celebrations with thousands more scheduled over the next few days.  As you know, justice throughout the food chain—from farm workers to child consumers—is a special focus for Food Day this year.  We hope that however you celebrate Food Day, you will consider some of the important food justice-related problems that need to be addressed. 


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