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There are so many resources for learning more about food justice and our regional New England food system. This page will be updated regularly to showcase tangible ways you can increase your understanding of and impact on our food system.

Food Day

Food Day logoFood Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. 

October 24 is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. In 2015, Food Day has the theme "Toward a Greener Diet." With America’s resources, there’s no excuse for hunger, low wages for food and farm workers, or inhumane conditions for farm animals. 

The most important ingredient in Food Day is you! Use October 24 to start—or celebrate—eating a healthier diet and putting your family’s diet on track. Find an event near you. 

A New England Food Vision at the Boston Local Food Festival

At the 2015 Boston Local Food Festival, the Sustainable Business Network and Food Solutions New England present The New England Village, featuring vendors from each New England state.

At 12:00 pm there will be A New England Food Vision briefing and following the briefing at 1:00 pm, Meet the Authors of the New England Food Vision in the 50 by 60 Gallery – learn more about the details of the Vision and its current and potential impact on the future of food in New England.

The Boston Local Food Festival is a FREE outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focused on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef and DIY demos, a Seafood Throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone, and more. Join in on the Greenway on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 11 am – 5 pm. View the Press Release.

Putting MOVE in the Movement: NESAWG's 2015 It Takes a Region Conference

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)'s annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate ideas and solutions to critical food systems issues. Civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod will deliver the keynote address, focused on this year's conference theme, Putting MOVE in the Movement. 

The conference will be held November 13-14, 2015 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Visit nesawg.org/our-work/conference to learn more, to register, or to apply for a scholarship. Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird rate or the Buddy Rate!

2015 New England Food Summit

2015 New England Food Summit infographic

The fifth annual New England Food Summit will be held June 11-12, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The summit includes a focus on racial equity in the food system, as well as the issue of fair price and what it might take to have economic justice across the food chain. Follow the event #fsne15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submit Comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is an important blueprint for public policy that affects the health of our children and of our nation.

The dietary guidelines provide the foundation for children’s learning about nutrition and what constitutes “good food.” They also inform the nutrition standards for the national school meals program, which impacts 30.7 million children a day in schools and childcare settings, including 21.5 million children on free or reduced price meals and living in households that earn 185 percent or less of the federal poverty level.

For the first time ever, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has put forth recommendations on sustainable agriculture and drinking water for which communities have long advocated.

We have a critical window of time – before May 8 – to provide comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Show your support today.

Relevant Sections

Before submitting your comments online, you will be prompted to select applicable topics from a checklist. Please check the boxes for the following two topics:

  • Chapter D.4: Food Environment and Settings

  • Chapter D.5: Food Sustainability and Safety

    Sample Comment

    I am writing to express my support for the recommendations of the 2015 Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Committee calling for the inclusion of sustainable agriculture for plant and animal-based food production, and the establishment of healthy food environments that make water the preferred beverage choice and readily available in school, childcare and other public settings. Both are paramount to improving the health of our children and of our nation. 

Tell Our National Leaders: “Healthy Food Comes From a Sustainable Food System!" See link for more sample language or write your own comments.  

Click here to submit your comments by midnight on May 8, 2015.

 

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