It used to be common to tell young people to clean their plates because little children were starving in China.
The Chinese have boosted their production standards and can now get fifty units of energy back for each human energy unit of work expanded. But in many other parts of the world, over 400 million children and adults suffer from malnutrition while Americans waste thousands of tons of food each day.
Food Day 1975 is planned to help educate Americans about the world food problem. A national effort sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day also brings a week of educational events and prominent speakers to Ann Arbor, under the guidance of the Food Action Coalition. Topics for discussion range from urban gardening and vegetarianism to agribusiness and world hunger.
Running from Monday, March 10 through Saturday, March 15, food week will feature speakers like Frances Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, and Harvard nutritionist Jean Mayer. The week will end on a grand note with a Vegeta-Ball (or maybe a Non-Meat Ball) at The Michigan Union featuring the Friends Road Show.
(For details on the week's events, see the calendar. More information can be obtained from the Food Action Coalition, 3506 School of Public Health, 764-6478.)