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Oct. 24 is National Food Day (+video)

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement that promotes healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

By Stir it Up! / October 24, 2013

Home-grown zucchini and yellow squash are set out for sale at Johnson Produce Market in Toledo, Ohio. The market sells fresh fruits and vegetables.

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If you are the kind of person who likes to know where your food comes from, you might see if one of the 4,500 events celebrating National Food Day on Oct. 24 being held across the United States is happening near you.

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National Food Day first began in 1975 as an attempt to raise an awareness about the increasing industrialization of the food system and its impact. It lasted only two years, but was revived in 2011 by the Center of Science in the Public Interest.

Today, National Food Day focuses on such issues nutrition education, sustainable agriculture, hunger, farm animal welfare, and farm and food service worker rights.

You can check out their website here: http://www.foodday.org/ and even test your knowledge with their Food Literacy Quiz.

The focus of this year's National Food Day is on children and cooking, with a Let's Get Cooking with Kids campaign that includes activities, tool kits, and recipes for children and adults alike to enjoy together.

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