Earth Day Fest
Berks County Earth Day Celebration – Saturday, April 22, 2023
Join us for the 53rd anniversary of the 1970 first Earth Day event
The event will be celebrated jointly with the ongoing City of Reading’s 275th Anniversary.
The theme of the City of Reading anniversary is “Our Home, Our Heart.” The Earth Day theme is “Looking Towards the Future”.
This year’s Earth Day sponsors currently include:
Platinum Sponsors – City of Reading, Reading Public Works, UGI Utilities Inc.
Gold Sponsor – Giorgi Mushroom Company, Kimberton Whole Foods, Penske Truck Leasing
Silver Sponsors – East Penn Manufacturing (Deka), Enersys, First Energy Foundation, Natural Awakenings, Visions Federal Credit Union
Bronze Sponsors – Berks County Democratic Committee, JP Mascaro & Sons, SanCo Sound
My Gut Instinct will be at Earth Day Fest promoting the Ugly Food Movement and other ways to end food waste, improve access to healthy produce, and save landfills.
We aim to engage and educate our community as a Call to Action to end food waste and shop and eat ugly!
“The ugly food movement embraces the potential of funny-looking or smaller-sized fruits, vegetables, and other wild-looking edibles. If, as consumers, we can change our mindset so we see gnarled, twisted, lumpy, or otherwise imperfect produce as beautiful, we can create demand, change the system, and ultimately help feed the world” – Dana Cowin, Editor of Food and Wine magazine
Regarding Food Waste:
40% of all food in America is wasted! Food is the number one thing in America’s landfills, and it contributes more to climate pollution than all of the cars in Georgia. Americans throw out uneaten food averaging $165 billion each year and spend another $750 million a year to dispose of it. This wasted food ends up rotting in landfills and is the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste, accounting for a large portion of methane emissions. Since 1974, U.S. food waste has risen 50%. Controlling our food waste is the first step in creating a sustainable food system.