World Food Day!

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October 16, 2013

Every year on October 16th, people around the globe celebrate World Food Day, a day of celebration honoring the beginning of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Organizations and individuals across the planet come together on this day to share knowledge, put forth ideas, and hold discussions in the effort of ending world hunger.

Every year, in order to shed light on matters needing attention, World Food Day has a theme. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”. The theme addresses the need to focus on nutrition in combination with availability and accessibility to food and how to sustain that in the long run. It is about focusing on the first end of the food process: the land, the farmers, the growers, the pickers. Then, we must look at the ways the food is being distributed and to whom. It is important for everyone to think about the process of food and consumption and how we can maintain that process in a healthy, sustainable way so that future generations can benefit from the land and the nutrition it provides.

A great way to celebrate is to host your own World Food Day dinner. Invite friends, family, that neighbor down the street who is always smiling…or not smiling. The important thing is to shop for local food, support farmers, and buy organic! You can download the discussion guide from Oxfam which will help you lead productive discussions about food, farmers, and how everyone can help those 842 million malnourished mouths out there.

In reference to World Food Day and the more than one billion people who live on $1.25 a day, the World Bank asked what people could buy with a dollar in their locations. Check out what cyberspace citizens from Vietnam to Venezuela said at Global post.

Put your mind where your mouth is today and celebrate World Food Day!

-Monica Bologna

Photo Credit: Flickr/muammerokumus

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