What Standing in Front of the T.G.I.Fridays during OccupyTimesSquare Reminded us to Tell You About World Food Day and the Non Profit Food Democracy Now

There were a multitude of messages at the edge of the showdown at Seventh Avenue and 46th Street at Occupy Times Square.

Just as at Occupy Wall Street, there were many diverse messages placed upon placards at Occupy Times Square last night, like the two shown above.

(Though we wager T.G.I.Fridays didn’t expect their regular Saturday night signage to be among such anti-corporate company.) As one protester’s piece of cardboard read: “There is no common message, because so many things are broken.”

One of those messages is from Food Democracy Now, a group  that believes one of the things that needs to be fixed is our food system. To quote the the nonprofit: “Occupy Wall Street was born out of a legitimate frustration with the collusion between Big Business and elected officials of the U.S. government, leaving the will and greater good of the 99% out in the cold. And nowhere is that collusion so great as in food and agricultural production.” (Read the rest of what they say here.)

Tomorrow, as part of both the global anti-hunger movement called World Food Day and Occupy Wall Street, the group is helping promote the “Right2Know” march, which ends in Washington D.C. after a two-week stroll south starting in NYC. The end-goal there is to work toward more transparency in the way our food is raised, distributed and processed, if not a complete overhaul of the whole industry. They’re urging others who want to see change to take part in other Occupy events here and around the country tomorrow. Just remember to hold your sign proudly, just like these two (protesters?) above.




Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.