A Toast to a Greener Plate

When we plan events,  the Boston Green Drinks Steering Committee hopes the resulting conversations represent various definitions of sustainability.   So far, we’ve seen you chatting about everything from energy to natural resources.  Although all sustainability topics play an important role in making our lives more productive and responsible, no topic is more universal to everyone’s experience than food.  Because we all eat, we all need to pay extra attention to the sustainability of our food system and how it affects our lives.

The team at the Center for Science in the Public Interest would like to make it easier for people across the U.S. to understand how the content of their plates can affect their health and their environment.  To that end, they are launching the first annual Food Day on October 24th, 2011.  Their goal is to turn Food Day in to the sustainable food system equivalent of Earth Day by encouraging discussion about how our food gets to our tables and how it affects our health.

Food Day has 6 principles:

Food Day
I challenge all Green Drinks attendees, blog readers, and friends to observe Food Day in any way you can.  You can visit the Food Day website to find any number of fun and informative events across the country.  For the slightly more adventurous, reach out to existing event organizers and offer to help them plan.  Volunteer to spread the word, set up event rooms, or build websites.  If you have a food related business or service, sponsor or partner with one of the events.  However you choose to participate, you owe it to yourself, the people who bring food to your table, and the natural resources from which your food grows to learn how to make more sustainable choices about what you eat.

If you want to stay current on Food Day happenings around Boston, you can also “Like” Food Day Massachusetts on Facebook.

It’s time for America to Eat Real and Boston’s sustainability community can lead the way (that means you)!

Lyn Huckabee is a Boston Green Drinks Steering Committee member and co-founder of the Boston Food Swap.  She holds a seat on the Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee and the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service advisory board.  She is a long-time member of the Junior League of Boston.  By day, she is a public servant advancing state energy policy.

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