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October 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Happy Food Day! What’s on your plate today?

And you thought it was just another Monday. Nope. Today, October 24, is Food Day. It’s like Earth Day, only tastier. Food Day is a national grassroots campaign encouraging Americans to wake up and “Eat Real!” The hope is that we, the people, should stand together on that count and in doing so convince Congress to get behind the movement.

Food Day advocates across the country have a six-tier goal for our lawmakers: reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods; support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness; expand access to food and alleviate hunger; protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms; promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids; and support fair conditions for food and farm workers.

Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and backed by vocal good-food advocates including Michael Pollan and Alice Waters (among others), Food Day also has a broad local component. Even Seattle mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council are onboard, proclaiming October 24 Food Day at 1:30 p.m. today at the King County Courthouse at Third and James.

Special events held this month in honor of the first annual Food Day continue around the Sound and beyond. Check here for today’s events: among them a big evening shindig at Herban Feast, community potlucks and dumpling parties in private homes and Food Day festivities on college campuses throughout Washington State.

As for me? I’m planning to cook my son a nice “Real Food” dinner to celebrate Food Day — to make up for (gulp) the not-so-fast fast food he had last night. But first I’m going to eat a banana.

If this local supermarket display is any indication, it looks like everybody’s in on the act. And these weren’t even organic.

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