Food Day 2012
What Scares You About Food?; Food Day 2012
Do you eat real? On October 24, students across campus engaged in numerous activities in observance of Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day, created by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.
As a means to this goal, students from the Be Blue, Go Green team organized a pumpkin decorating event in front of the UC on the Thursday before Fall Holiday. Posing the question of “what scares you about our food system?” In addition to educating the campus community about the complexities within the food system, the event served as a preview for events held the following week on the 24th to coincide with Food Day.
A number of Be Blue, Go Green members engaged in dialogue with students regarding the proper use of the food digester in the SLP in addition to collecting over 400 signatures in a petition to encourage the use of reusable cups throughout dining areas.
After lunch and dinner time tabling, students gathered outside of the UC on the back patio to engage in dinner and dialogue as part of a screening event of Ted Talks focused on global and domestic food issues.
Overall, over 450 students engaged in activities throughout the celebration of Food Day. Both the Office of Sustainability and the Be Blue, Go Green team are looking forward to continually educating the campus around healthy eating and other issues around food.