I’m a foodie—a healthy one at that—but I wasn’t always that way. Granted, I grew up in an Italian family where fresh food was appreciated and accessible. Our meals were cooked daily and Mom packed our lunches for school because she didn’t like the offerings in the school cafeteria. I begged and pleaded for her to let me eat the cafeteria food like the rest of the kids, and one day she finally relented. One bite of the entrée—SpaghettiOs, gross!—was all it took for me to realize why she’d been giving me a packed lunch all along.
Now I’m a die-hard advocate for the health of my children, and especially today I’m thinking about food. Not about what to grab for lunch or cook for dinner, but about agriculture, health, and hunger. Where does our food come from? What’s in it that we don’t want to put in our bodies? How can we help undernourished people in our communities get the food they need?
If these questions are on your mind, too, join me in learning more and getting involved in this critical issue:
- Read my friend Congressman Tim Ryan’s new book, The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm. It’s clear, down-to-earth, and packed with scientific data and expert information about the current state of our food system and what we can do to reshape it.
- Visit the World Food Day website for fascinating insights into family farming and its crucial role in creating a zero-hunger world. Celebrate family farmers who work hard growing our food and taking care of the land for future generations. Find an event you can attend in your area to learn more about sustainable agriculture, and join the movement to end world hunger.
Help change the way we eat and, as a result, change the health of our nation!