Photo Courtesy World Food Day

Photo Courtesy World Food Day

World Food Day

What did you have for breakfast? What did you have for lunch? What are you planning to have for dinner tonight? And how about those in between meals and snacks? Today, October 16th, give this some thought and then turn your thoughts outward to the rest of the world as we recognize that it’s World Food Day. Ironically, what that means for millions of people is NOTHING. The starving people throughout our world will eat NOTHING today.

This isn’t a post to make you feel guilty about the many, many choices you have when it comes to meals and snack times, this is just a gentle reminder that elsewhere in the world people are hungry…starving…malnourished.

As the founder of ThePlantBasedDiet.com, a site that offers information on nutrition, recipes, and video stories on healthy eating and living, I feel compelled to raise awareness about a problem many of us too often don’t think about. Thankfully, there are thousands of volunteers who do.

World Food Day (October 16) was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1979 and was first observed in 1981. The goal is to end world hunger. All over the world observances are held to draw attention to this cause and day.

But it must be more than a day of acknowledging the efforts, the needs, the actions taken. We have to recognize that the choices we make at an individual level can and will impact those who are greatly suffering somewhere far from us. This is hard to do because what is unseen is often unattended to…left to somehow fight to shine its light to bring awareness to areas of much need.

According to World Food Day USA and Canada, “the world has enough resources to feed every hungry person”. What’s gone wrong? Politics. Roadblocks to achieving fulfillment of a most basic need.

The organization also says that, “60% of the Earth’s resources are used unsustainably. By definition, a sustainable food system produces nutritious diets for all people today while protecting the capacity of future generations to feed themselves tomorrow.”

If you want to know what you can do to help, visit World Food Day USA and Canada on Facebook. Read and see where events and activities are taking place. Simply starting with awareness will begin a journey to greater observations and likely positive actions. Share this with those who are ready to support ending world hunger.

Thank you,

Phoebe

 

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