The happiest day of the year is here!!! Okay that might be a little much.
But today is Food Day – a national day dedicated to celebrating the movement to transform the food system. In the face of a complex system that comes with a powerhouse of industry support to keep it this way, activists have made progress across the country toward a transformed system. It might seem at times onerous, but the food victories I see popping up across the country and the foundations and organizations dedicated to this issue remind me that it is possible.
As food activists use today as an opportunity to celebrate their work and raise awareness around food, I wanted to use this space to highlight issues with the food system rhetoric that I look forward to finally putting behind us with a systemic transition.
We continue to hear that industrial agriculture is needed to feed the world. That argument could not be any more false, so can we please move on from it? Those that blast the “feed the world” argument are usually advocates of corn and soy, who are not exactly concerned about hunger in developing countries.
The following Food Mythbuster’s video explores this myth and brings to light the falsities of the industry’s arguments.
With a global population of over 7 billion people, is a systemic change in our current food system really possible? Relationships will be key to preventing the unintentional re-industrialization of the system. Within the food movement in the Chesapeake, there is real collective action happening amongst groups to leverage their impact, avoid duplication, and ensure the greatest impact is achieved in the region. Our current system is depersonalized and distant. The natural synergies and collective action around food system reform are essential to permanently breaking the current template.
The industry uses the idealized image of small family farms to their advantage. That is not the reality of our current system. We can get back to that idealized image, but it will require a systemic shift to a more local and sustainable model.
Take a few minutes and check out food system reform work we are supporting in the Chesapeake. I know you want to procrastinate a little bit longer.
- Johns Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future – Maryland Food System Map
- Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment’s Chesapeake Food Leadership Council
- Montgomery County Food Council
- Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
- Future Harvest – CASA
- Real Food Challenge
- Crossroads Community Food Network
- Real Food Media’s Food Mythbusters Project
- Center for Emerging Media’s Soundbites on Delmarva