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 America’s 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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.