The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Alliance for Food and Farming, in support of the Oct. 24th Food Day, are organizing media outlets related to food, health, and environmental issues in order to get the word out about “real farms who grow real food for real people.” The associations involved how to introduce readers, viewers, and listeners to these “real” growers.
“Who better to inform people about how their food is grown than the farmers themselves,” says Marilyn Dolan, executive director of the Alliance for Food and Farming. “For many Americans, how their food is grown can be a mystery and it shouldn’t be.” This is why we’re asking for the media’s help in providing people with better information about farming and who is growing their food.”
Food Day’s ultimate goal is to get Americans to “eat real.” The Alliance for Food and Farming, a non-profit organization comprised of both conventional and organic fruit and vegetable farmers, supports this effort whole-heartedly in hopes that Americans will alter their diets for the better by consuming healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables produced in a sustainable way.
The personal contact between the growers and the consumers will give growers the opportunity to tell the real story of how fruits and vegetables are grown. The “real” story includes, but is not limited to, the actual size of farms being but smaller than the American public imagines, the fact that the majority of farms are family owned, the lack of government subsidies provided to farmers, the ways in which local farms contribute to their communities, the sustainable farming practices all fruit and vegetable growers follow, the fact that many farms grow conventionally and organically, and the strict regulations facing produce growers.
“While there have been some recent food safety issues concerning produce, these are not the norm, assures Dolan. “Farmers and their families eat the foods they grow, they often live in the orchards and fields where they farm, and their livelihoods depend on producing a safe product.”
For more information, go to www.foodandfarming.info.