Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. This year it will kick off with Meatless Monday on October 20thFood Day is officially Friday, October 24th, but people will be celebrating all week throughout the United States. The grassroots organization estimates there will be over 7,500 events this week, from Meatless Monday gatherings to events celebrating locally sourced food.

Food Day aims to help people “Eat Real.” That means, to prefer whole foods—like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains—over processed foods, and to choose foods that are raised in a sustainable manner.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit consumer health advocacy organization, established Food Day to promote united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment. CSPI focuses on the link between nutrition and health and on food safety. The organization—founded in 1971—is a key player in fighting obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other diet-related health problems, using tactics ranging from education to legislation to litigation.

CSPI has won a number of victories such as adding nutritional labels to fast food chain restaurant items, and ensuring that calling “low-fat” or “heart healthy” are descriptors that can only be used when the food items meet specific requirements established by the Food and Drug Administration.

You can find a local Food Day event hereHappy eating!

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