A growing world population, seeking more affluent lifestyles and diets, is placing increasing demands on vital natural resources such as soil, water and wildlife. Food Day is also dedicated to encouraging and supporting farmers and ranchers who strengthen conservation and environmental practices on their land. Food Day will also focus much-needed attention on workers in food and agriculture occupations: the often hazardous nature of their jobs, difficult working conditions and generally low pay.
In short, Food Day is a great opportunity to recognize the many achievements and progress in Americaís food and agriculture system, while engaging in an honest and fair discussion about current issues and how they might be resolved. We urge all Americans to find a local Food Day event and join the dialogue.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations and Agriculture committees. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.