Give Now

Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living

Mindful Moments Started 36 Years Ago For National Food Day

Did you know the first National Food Day was in 1975? After only two years, the movement fizzled out -- until now.

radish

Photo: Cleber Mori (Flickr)

National Food Day invites Americans to look at food policy and what they are putting into their bodies.

Today is National Food Day — but did you know the first one was 36 years ago?

National Food Day started in 1975. Hoping it could continue in momentum similar to Earth Day, Food Day was concerned with rising costs, world hunger and the increasingly poor American diet.

Just because National Food Day fizzled out in 1977, after only two years, doesn’t mean the new national day will be weak. Nearly two thousand known events are planned across the country, including materials for teachers, recipes and potlucks.

The variety of events are promising for Food Day — the National Archives in Washington, D.C. are showcasing documents related to the history of food policy, and schools in Bentonville, Arkansas are having special classes about food.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest threw time and money behind the effort with the hope of spreading awareness of “farm to fork.”

Success with Slow Food, the locavore movement and organic foods also bode well for National Food Day. Maybe this time the recognition will stick.

How are you and your community celebrating National Food Day? Share below!

Read More:

  • Food day is back after a 34-year absence (Washington Post)
  • Food Day: Working to Reform Our Food Systems From Farm to Fork (The Atlantic)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Earth Eats:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Earth Eats

Search Earth Eats

Earth Eats on Twitter

Earth Eats on Flickr

Harvest Public Media