Oct. 24 is Food Day. If you missed it, you were not alone. Not exactly a major holiday, it is just another made-up occasion by an activist group and designed to draw attention to a particular issue. Food Day is the creation of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). It is not even a new idea, just one recycled from over 30 years ago. Yet, CSPI’s food message has not changed. They are still preaching that our food supply is bad and American diets unhealthy.
Back in 1975, the idea was to piggyback on Earth Day and to draw attention to what CSPI calls, “Increasing industrialization of the food supply and build awareness of America’s imminent health crisis.”
Food Day lasted only until 1977. In 2011, Food Day has been resurrected as a rallying point for a variety of food groups and causes. It is also about influencing food policy. According to the executive director of CSPI, “Food Day is also about agriculture policies and moving the country, as a whole, in a direction that’s healthier for consumers and for the environment."