This Thursday, October 24th is Food Day. Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. It is a day where people are encouraged to “Eat Real”, which essentially means lowering sugar intake, salt intake and eating meat that isn’t factory farmed. These are all things that OC Food Access promotes in its daily operations.
One part of making the most of Food Day is becoming more food literate. Food literacy is defined as: “Understanding the story of one’s food, from farm to table and back to the soil; the knowledge and ability to make informed choices that support one’s health, community, and the environment”(foodday.org).
Foodday.org has created a Food Literacy Quiz, where you can test your level of food literacy. It only takes a few moments and you’ll end up learning many interesting things about not only the structure of food and where it comes from but your own place in the global food system.
Where our food comes from and how it affects us is another part of what Food Day promotes. One way we are connected to food systems is through Farmacology. Farmacology is the study of the connection between the production of food on farms and the people who consume that food. The educational initiative, Nourish, has posted an article about the perspective Farmacology author Daphne Miller has on the relationship between farming and humans. Miller for instance explains that recipes have been passed down for generations not only because they’re delicious but because they make ecological sense. Read the article HERE.
If you are a teacher or interested in teaching about food literacy and other concepts, Nourish offers a Teacher Resource Binder.
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