If you've been paying attention to the Internet today, you may have seen some things indicating that it's Food Day. Yes: Food Day. Unlike every other day, in which people subsist only on cigarettes and self-hatred. So, what exactly is Food Day?
According to Food Day, Food Day "seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life...to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way." You know, by calling Congress, and asking them to make a few simple changes, including (but not limited to!) "Expand access to food and alleviate hunger," "Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms," and "Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness." Little things, not like a major systematic overhaul of the entire food industry across the country or anything crazy like that.
Here in New York, where a record-breaking 2.5 million people can't afford enough food, there's all sorts of stuff happening for Food Day: Mario Batali, Ellie Krieger, Morgan Spurlock and more food-world heavy hitters are hanging out in Times Square RIGHT NOW for "Eat Real, Eat In," a giant literal eat-in, although we could have sworn that Batali made his fortune by convincing people to eat out. Anyhow, there's also a city-sanctioned Tumblr (!) collecting "healthy recipes by New Yorkers for New Yorkers," and there's a big old party tonight at the Columbia Grammar and Prep School with a keynote speech from Semi-First lady Sandra Lee, who knows a thing or two about "real food."