October is filled with harvest treats and Halloween hauntings, but it is also a very important month for food awareness. In spite of the bounty and celebrations we enjoy, there are many areas of concern in today’s food system; several October initiatives have been launched to raise our awareness.
For starters, October is Fair Trade Month. As much as we love local, we also have a great appreciation for certain food items that can only be got elsewhere: coffee, chocolate, etc. Being committed to our own healthy sustainable food system, we naturally respect and support the same in other regions. Buying products that are fair trade certified assures that farmers, families, local economies and ecosystems are supported in the most sustainable ways.
October is also Non-GMO Month. As GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) infiltrate our food system, concerned Americans are making a case for their right to know what is in our foods, insisting that producers ‘Just Label It.’ A watershed case for this issue is the upcoming vote on Prop 37 in California, where citizens can vote for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food.
If you’re still undecided about what food issues you might like to get behind- make some time on Food Day (October 24) to investigate other issues that might speak to you. Food Day is “a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food”. By addressing issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, ag policy and farm worker justice, Food Day rallies support to create some real change in our nation’s food policies.
Whatever cause piques your interest, your support will help ensure our cherished food celebrations for years to come!
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