Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Food Day 2013!

Thursday, October 24th is Food Day! Want to celebrate with UH Dining? Stop by the Bare Bowls food truck and get a free sample! All of their food is local and sustainable (not to mention delicious). We'll have information on their local farmers, a trivia wheel with prizes, and more!

In the meantime, check out these priorities for Food Day.

· Promote safer, healthier diets: Yet, every year we spend more than $150 billion on obesity-related health care costs, plus another $73 billion in reduced productivity.

· Support sustainable, organic farming: 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.

***For more information, visit: www.foodday.org ***


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