Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI) and former IATP Food and Society Fellow, is well-known for KGI's “Eat the View” campaign that helped to bring an organic garden to the lawn of the White House. Now KGI, with help from the IATP Food and Society Fellows, is pushing for food independence this July 4.
The goal of the petition, according to the press release, is “50 states. 50 governors. 50 first families celebrating July 4 with locally sourced food,” in order to inspire their constituents to “source local and sustainable ingredients for their holiday meals.”
The petition is available at www.FoodIndependenceDay.org. Including last year’s signatures, more than 6,000 have already signed but many more are needed. To show your support, organizers encourage four steps:
- Show your support for locally grown foods by becoming a fan of Food Independence Day on Facebook
- Invite 4 (4 as in July 4th) friends to join the page
- Sign the Declaration of Food Independence (6000+ food revolutionaries and counting!)
- Add your July 4th local foods feast to the group map
So this year, declare your food independence and show support for locally sourced, sustainable, healthy and delicious foods!