It's Food Revolution Day: Time to Get Involved - Page 2
Now Oliver is promoting how what we eat matters with a global Food Revolution Day. All over the world, local communities have joined in the celebration of healthy eating. Food Revolution Day also reinforces the ongoing fight to stand against the egregious industrialization, processing, genetic modification and irradiation of the global food supply. There are already over 750 events scheduled in over 490 cities across 44 countries, and the events are as variable as dinner parties, cooking classes, farmer's market tours, community potlucks, and street fairs. Events are in major cities like New York City and smaller municipalities like Patchogue, New York out on Long Island and they even encompass smaller neighborhoods or block parties centered around educating children about healthy eating and nutritious food choices.
Many of these events are spearheaded by members or supporters of the organic and vegan food movements, the whole foods movement, the animal rights movement which endorses the humane treatment of animals on industrial farms and in the killing field of slaughterhouses, the movement to support local farm sourcing and small local farms, the movement to label and/or eliminate GM foods (genetically modified) or products that contain GM ingredients, and the movement to ban irradiated foods, to name a few.
On the page encouraging the involvement of young people, the Food Revolution team enjoins, "Food Revolution Day gives youth the opportunity to join forces with their local communities and other young people across the globe, and to stand up and demand better food education." Oliver and the team remind them that it is their generation that will inherit all of what their parents and the culture have left, with "the global epidemic of diet related diseases, which has already led to 43 million children under the age of 5 being overweight and which kills an estimated 2.8 million people a year."
Sounds like a great idea? It is. We are what we eat and over the years the nation has learned that it is not necessarily what we don't put in our mouths that will harm us, i.e. not eating a lot, it is what we do put in our mouths that will kill us and/or make us sick. Coupled with the ongoing anti-obesity campaign, The Weight of the Nation, the main thrust is on healthy eating which promotes a healthy life. However, Oliver's Food Revolution attacks the problem where it should be attacked, the American food supply system. And since our supply is being exported to other nations, this has become a global fight or revolution because the corporations are global and are promulgating their processes and product with ferocity. Capture a country's appetite, you capture the citizens' wallets.Continued on the next page