“The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat.” Eleanor Roosevelt
This morning I received a message in my e-mail inbox advising me that it was World Food Day. This is the day that we come together as a global community to declare our commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. This initiative is especially significant for Canadians because World Food Day celebrates the formation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which transpired on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada.
We all believe that every person should have access to food, but it is difficult to comprehend, as we walk down the aisles of our grocery stores lined with lavishly stocked shelves of food, how debilitating it is for families to live with chronic hunger. It is easy to think that hunger is something that happens far away, that it will never occur to a neighbour or, even more devastating, to our immediate family.
The statistics confirm that hunger is an ever-present concern even in the richest countries of the world. The good news is that it is possible to end hunger in our lifetime. Consider the magnitude of that possibility. The results over the past decades since the establishment of World Food Day in 1979 are heartening. Even more encouraging, our earth produces enough food to feed its entire population.
My commitment to World Food Day is the elimination of food waste in our family. According to World Food Day Global one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption (approximately $1.3 Billion Tons annually) is lost or wasted.
We can end hunger.
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” His Holiness The Dalai Lama
2 thoughts on “World Food Day – My Commitment”
I cook for one (myself) so it is easy to calculate the amount of food for a meal. But still even with a refrigerator, it is easy to buy too much and have it go “bad”. I have made a concentrated effort to buy only what I will use. To buy a whole large vegetable, for me is not wise, so I buy veggies already prepared in a tray, then I can get a variety and still consume it all before the veggies get old. I do this with fruit, as well. It works for me. It seems to me, that if we are going to make a difference we have to start at home.
What a great idea! You lead an incredibly busy life, which makes it even more challenging to plan meals. Food preparation and meal planning have changed dramatically over the years. There are so many more nutritious options available at our local grocery stores. Thanks for sharing your thoughts – so very much appreciated.