World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16 to commemorate the founding of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) of United Nations. This special day is observed every year to raise awareness of the concerns related to poverty and hunger. The theme for the year 2022 is ‘Leave NO ONE Behind’.
Battered by conflict, economic crises, inequality, climate crisis and rising food prices, 3.1 billion people around the world still cannot afford a healthy diet. On the other hand, 1 in 8 adults is obese, a problem which is on the rise in all parts of the world. Therefore, we need to work collectively to build a sustainable world where everyone has regular access to enough nutritious food (1).
The 2022 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that the increasing weather and climate extreme events affecting all regions of the world have already exposed millions of people to acute food insecurity and reduced water security. Sustainable management and use of our natural resources not only contributes to a better environment, but are also vital to ensuring the transformation of our agrifood systems to the benefit of all (1).
What can we as individuals do to support this movement? Here are some thoughts –
- Prevent food waste.
- Do not pile up food on your plate when you’re unsure of whether or not you will eat the food without wasting any.
- Use smaller plates to eat food so that you don’t take extra that might go waste.
- If there’s leftover food, store them in proper containers and refrigerate till next use.
- Use leftovers in new recipes.
- Plan meals with creativity to reduce monotony.
- While shopping, do not buy extra food that might end up in the dustbin.
- Choose local and seasonal foods that are grown in a natural environment, thereby supporting local farmers.
- As far as possible avoid buying foods that have travelled from distant places.
- Use composting and other methods to recycle and make it sustainable.
Work with nature and not against it!
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