Earth Day By Hosting An Earth Dinner
(Beyond Pesticides, April 13, 2004) Just in time for Earth Day, America is sprouting a powerful new holiday tradition called "the Earth Dinner." The paradigm-breaking feast brings family and friends together to pay tribute to the Earth and celebrate the many ways she feeds our bodies, minds and souls.
"People are hungry for meaningful traditions that emphasize community over commerce," said Theresa Marquez, Earth Dinner creator. "The Earth Dinner provides an opportunity for deeper connection, an essential need in a society where parents average only five minutes of quality time a day with their children and everyone eats on the run."
Marquez, an organic pioneer who serves as President, The Organic Center for Education and Promotion, and Public Affairs Director, Organic Valley Family of Farms, added, "Earth Dinner will help us get back in touch with where our food comes from. Our simple everyday food purchases have a huge impact on the health of the Earth and our personal health."
On April 22nd, the 34th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Dinner participants will gather at dinner tables across the country to share local, sustainable and organic cuisine while participating in fun, enlightening interactions about the origins of our foods and fibers.
Dinner ideas, resources, menus and shopping guides are featured on the Earth Dinner web site. The site also offers dinner discussion topics divided into the categories of earth, air, fire and water. Designed for all ages, they cover the state of our environment, the impact of living on our planet, and fun facts about Mother Earth. Participants are encouraged to spread the word and send in their dinner stories to inspire more traditions each year.
America's new Earth Dinner initiative is supported by a broad-based coalition. Sponsors include: Beyond Pesticides, Chefs Collaborative, Children's Health Environmental Coalition, Earth Day Network, Earth Pledge, Environmental Working Group, Music Matters, Organic Valley Family of Farms, Social Venture Network, and Waterkeeper Alliance.
Learn more on the Earth Dinner website.