14 Questions That Could Save Your Life and the Planet

BLOG_Food Day 2013Happy Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

Celebrate by taking “14 Questions that Could Save Your Life and the Planet,” a quiz that analyzes your typical weekly diet to see how it impacts your health, the environment and animal welfare.  The online quiz asks how many servings of various foods you eat, whether you choose organic and how much alcohol you consume. You’re are given a number and letter grade, which you can share via social media.

For the record, I took the quiz and scored a 68, which translates into a B.

“The typical American diet is heavy on salty packaged foods, high-fat meat and dairy products, and sugary drinks, and deficient in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains,” said Food Day founder and Center for Science in the Public Interest executive director Michael F. Jacobson. “Besides promoting heart disease, our meat intake also exacts a considerable toll on the environment and all too often on the animals themselves. The answers to these 14 questions point the way to a longer life and a healthier planet.”

Food Day aims to help people Eat Real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food drive-throughs—and bigger crowds at farmers markets.

This annual event involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.

 

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