Your library has created a display of books and a folding display of information on Food Day at the table next to the public access terminals.  Food Day is nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day, created by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life.  Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.

The foods we eat should bolster our health, but the typical American diet is actually contributing to several hundred thousand premature deaths from heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer each year.

Unfortunately, the way our food is produced is all too often harmful to farm and food workers, the environment, and farm animals.  As two-thirds of American adults and one-third of children are either overweight or obese, it’s evident that the American food system has created a diet of cheap, overly processed packaged foods, high-calorie sugary drinks, and fast-food made of  fatty grain-fed factory-farmed meat, and French fries.

Food Day believes that all Americans—regardless of  age or race or income or geographic location—should be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related conditions.

Food Day’s goals are to:

  • Promote safer, healthier diets
  • Support sustainable and organic farms
  • Reduce hunger
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Be sure to check your library’s online guide to Food!  This libguide will give you many links to sites dealing with healthy eating, eating locally produced foods, diet and nutrition, coupon guides, food recalls, farmers markets, food assistance, and restaurants.

A few recommended books in the Alameda County Library System are:

Vegetarian cooking for dummies / by Suzanne Havala    641.5636 HAVALA

Eat to live : the amazing nutrient-rich program for fast and sustained weight loss / Joel Fuhrman 613.25 FUHRMAN

Vegetarian & more! : versatile vegetarian recipes with optional meat add-ins / Linda Rosensweig  641.5636 ROSENSWEIG

Ayurvedic cooking made easy : 100+ recipes for a healthy you : everyday meals to soothe, refresh, and energize your mind and body, Ayurvedic approach / Kumuda Reddy, Janardhan Reddy, Bonita Pedersen    641.5636 REDDY

Eating local : the cookbook inspired by America’s farmers / Sur La Table with Janet Fletcher ; foreword by Alice Waters ; photography by Sara Remington     641.5 EATING

EatingWell in season:  the farmers’ market cookbook / introduction by Dr. Preston Maring and Peter jaret ; foreword bv Nell Newman ; by Jessie Price and the editors of Eating Well    641.5 PRICE

At the farmers’ market with kids [electronic resource] : recipes and projects for little hands / by Leslie  Leslie Jonath & Ethel Brennan ; photographs by Sheri Giblin    OverDrive, Inc. database

Southern farmers market cookbook [electronic resource] / Holly Herrick ; photographs by Rick McKee   OverDrive, Inc. database

Forks over knives [videorecording] / presented by Monica Beach Media ; producer, John Corry ; written and directed by Lee Fulkerson      DVD 616.39 FORKS

Vegetarian cooking [videorecording] / with Compassionate Cooks    DVD 641.5636 VEGETARIAN