Food Day's platform is very broad and goes across all sectors of the food movement, from public health to animal welfare. Food Day 2016 will focus on greener diets as a way to address health and environmental issues.
Toward a Greener Diet: The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment. Eating Real can save your own health and our planet and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path. To learn more about your diet's impact on your health and the environment, answer 14 Questions that Could Save Your Life and the Planet.
Food Justice: In 2014, Food Day had a special focus on issues related to food justice. Food Day envisions food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.
Food Education: Children who know where our food comes from and how to cook meals will have a big advantage when it comes to being healthy and avoiding chronic diseases. Introducing kids to new fruits, vegetables, and whole grains—along with a few basic recipes—can put them on track to make smart food choices for life. If you teach a child to cook, a lot of other things fall into place. In 2013, Food Day's theme was food education.