Farm-to-Table & Distance-to-Fork

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard

821 Million People

821 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition.  This data comes directly from  World Food Programme (WFP), the leading humanitarian organization in responding to this urgent need and great challenge.  Their mission is awe-inspiring: to deliver food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. The WFP hunger statistics have a magnitude that is hard to grasp, especially for those who have never experienced hunger.

Humanity depends upon food for survival.  When we see a steady influx of food coming to our neighbourhood grocery stores, we see little danger of our food supply diminishing.   We need to rethink our connection to food and to our global world.

Global Goals
Global Goals

Zero Hunger – pledge to end hunger and achieving food security by 2030!

In 2015, the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly United Nations adopted ambitious Global Goals to achieve sustainable development for people and our planet.  Target date: 2030.

17 goals and 169 targets were outlined focusing on wiping out poverty, fighting inequality and tackling climate change.  Goal # 2: Zero Hunger was a pledge to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Over the past few months, I have been considering how one person can make a difference.  How can I be part of a global mission to end hunger?   It is a question that I want to pursue in a series of posts Farm-to-Table & Distance to Fork.  I’m looking forward to the discussion.