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CT Celebrates Food Day, Greenbacks for Nutmeg State

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PHOTO: Food Day is a national day to learn, eat and advocate for a healthy, more affordable and sustainable food system.
PHOTO: Food Day is a national day to learn, eat and advocate for a healthy, more affordable and sustainable food system.
October 24, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. – Today is Food Day, a national day to learn, eat and advocate for a healthy, more affordable and sustainable food system – and as a way to grow more greenbacks for Connecticut.

Every state is looking at new ways to increase its economic standing, says Cheryl Dunson, president of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut. She says the Nutmeg State is looking seriously at agriculture to help spur growth.

"We do know that food is a big business in Connecticut. It's a $3.5 billion industry and it's directly linked to more than 20,000 jobs in the state."

Dunson says the League is presenting a public forum called, "From Land and Sea: Food for the Good of Connecticut," as part of Food Day events. The forum is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Agriscience and Biotechnology Center in Trumbull. An expert panel at the forum will address food issues such as obesity and food safety from a variety of perspectives.

"Looking at it from a public health perspective, looking at food from a sustainable perspective - to more locally-grown Connecticut food."

She says the League is also teaming up for Food Day events at many of Connecticut's 200 public libraries.

"There is a documentary called 'Food Stamped' at the Hartford Public Library. There's a preschool Food Day story time at the Manross Memorial Library in Bristol; and Guilford Library is doing, 'Teens! Eat Right, Right Now,' a healthy-eating program for teens."

She says many of the libraries are featuring books and DVDs for all ages on food topics.

Details on the forum are online at lwvct.org/events.html.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT