MU to celebrate national Food Day

Friday, October 21, 2011 | 5:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The first ever national Food Day will be held in communities across the nation on Monday to celebrate and encourage healthy and sustainable food systems.

The Mizzou Food Coalition, along with organizations across Columbia, will be hosting two free events on MU’s campus during the day.

The Fair Food Fair will be held in Lower Bengal Lair in Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will offer information and tips on healthful recipes and ingredients, including fresh produce samples from Missouri Food for Missouri Farmers.

“FRESH,” a documentary on the reinvention of the food system in America, will be screened at 7 p.m. in Conservation Auditorium in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building.

A panel discussion with field professionals will follow. The documentary, based in the Midwest, showcases the agricultural origins of food while encouraging the local food movement.

Food Day supports an overhaul of the American food system and initiatives to produce healthy options within the price range and reach of every American. Goals in local communities include reducing the marketing of junk food to children, supporting sustainable farms, reducing diet-related diseases and expanding access to healthy ingredients.

The event intends to educate Columbia residents on meal options created with vegetables, fruits and whole grains rather than factory-processed ingredients, as well as offer an opportunity to familiarize children with these ideas.

For more information on Food Day at MU as well as communities throughout the nation, visit their website.

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