Food Day's national priorities address overarching concerns within the food system and provide common ground for building the food movement. Food Day aims to: 

  • Promote safer, healthier diets: The foods we eat should promote, not undermine, our good health. Yet, every year we spend more than $150 billion on obesity-related health care costs, plus another $73 billion in reduced productivity.
  • Support sustainable and organic farms: Currently, sustainable farms receive little to no federal support and often lack market access to keep them competitive. Meanwhile, the largest 10 percent of industrialized farms—which contribute to poor health and severe environmental degradation—receive 75 percent of all farm subsidies.
  • Reduce hunger: Currently, around 50 million Americans are considered "food insecure", or near hunger, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) participation is at an all-time high. SNAP is vital to reducing hunger, but the program’s budget is under constant attack while federal measures to increase food access are minimal.
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals: Today, most farm animals are confined in “factory farms”—sometimes containing as many as 50,000-100,000 cattle, hens, or pigs. These practices result in needless animal abuse and illness, environmental degradation, and harm the people who live in and around those facilities.
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers: 20 million workers throughout the U.S. food system harvest, process, ship, sell, cook, and serve the food we eat every day. And yet, many farmworkers earn well below poverty levels while the tipped minimum wage for restaurant servers has remained at $2.13 per hour for the last 21 years.

Click on the priorities for facts, resources, and actions you can take to help work towards a healthy, sustainable, affordable, and fair food system!

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commented 2014-02-26 05:57:32 -0500 · Flag
Its not just the priorities for the food day but that should be priorities of everyday. Any how world Food day realize us that how we can help the others for a healthy life. In several countries number of poor people is on constant rise. It really means that number of hungry people will also increasing. It our responsibility to try maximum of our efforts to keep the food safe. salutes efforts of all the people who are spending their life to help the other.
commented 2013-11-08 04:34:43 -0500 · Flag
With every passing year hunger in the world is increasing. Almost 75% people in the world facing food shortage in their area. Its good to see that organizations like food day putting their efforts to make the world a place where none will slept hungry. its an honor for me that i am connected to them in a way.
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