World Food Day 2020: 9 Everyday Actions to Become a Food Hero
On October 16, 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO was founded. To commemorate this anniversary, World Food Day is celebrated every 16th of October.
The main theme changes every year, 2020 is the year of Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future. It is an invitation to take action, to try to make everyone their contribution in our daily life. Unity is strength, especially when the health of our planet and living beings are at stake.
Regarding the choice of the theme for this year’s World Food Day, on the FAO website, we can read that “The COVID-19 global health crisis has been a time to reflect on things we truly cherish and our most basic needs. made many of us rekindle our appreciation for a thing that some take for granted and many go without: food. Food is the essence of life and the bedrock of our cultures and communities. Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is and will continue to be an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for poor and vulnerable communities, who are hit hardest by the pandemic and resulting economic shocks. In a moment like this, it is more important than ever to recognize the need to support our food heroes – farmers and workers throughout the food system – who are making sure that food makes its way from farm to fork even amid disruptions as unprecedented as the current COVID-19 crisis“.
Special recognition goes to the heroes of food: all those people, from farmers to shop employees, who allow us to have food on the table every day.
A healthy diet contributes to a healthy life. When we choose to eat diverse foods, we encourage a variety of foods to be produced. This is not only healthier for our bodies but healthier for soils and our environment because a diverse diet favours biodiversity!
INFLUENCE POSITIVE WILL
You can use your social media platform to promote healthy eating and buying habits. You can get people talking about important events like World Food Day using the official hashtag, #WorldFoodDay, and create a buzz for #FoodHeroes. Not online? Word of mouth spreads fast and can be just as effective!
An important and effortless contribution that we can make every day is to reduce food waste. We often don’t think about it, but most of the food we throw away can be cooked, eaten, or reused in a variety of ways.
At Eatsperience Madrid we strongly care about respecting the environment and food, which is why we have created a collection of weekly tips called #useovers where you can find ideas for recipes and alternative uses for different types of leftovers that we all have in our kitchens.
Whenever you can, support food heroes by buying locally grown fresh food, such as from a farmers’ market in your community. In doing so, you are helping smallholder farmers that produced the food, your local economy and you are encouraging crop diversity.
RESPECT FOOD AND FOOD HEROES
Food loss and waste can occur throughout the food system, once it arrives at your table – you can play your part! Learning how to store uneaten food properly for another day’s meal is one way to avoid wasting perfectly good food.
Anyone can be an ally to food heroes. Look for volunteer opportunities at your local food bank or community kitchen. It’s a great way to be involved in collective action and support those who struggle to access food.
Did you know that you reduce your carbon footprint when you buy produce that’s in season? When food is out of season in one part of the world it has to be imported and travel a long way before it arrives at your local market. Eating seasonal food can also be riper, tastier, and more nutritious.
SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
By supporting development initiatives, such as school meal and nutrition programs in your local community, you can raise awareness about the importance of eating well and promote healthy eating through education.
GROW FOOD AT HOME
If you have a green space at home, access to a garden, or a balcony with space for plant pots, you can learn how to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. You’ll learn a lot about how food is produced and grow your appreciation for all the work that goes into cultivating produce.
Do you live in a small apartment? We got you! Having a garden and growing veggies and herbs has always been my dream, I can’t have it in my 40m2 flat in the center of Madrid, but there is a solution! Last year we discovered Click & Grow Smart Gardens – small indoor herbs and veggie garden to grow your own plants. We were enthusiastic about our basil, this year we will grow cherry tomatoes!
You can find different brands and seeds to grow your small indoor garden at home!
SUPPORT FOOD-RELATED BUSINESSES, AND RETAILERS
Everyone can be an activist and put pressure on governments, private sector businesses, and decision-makers to transform our food systems by making healthy food options more enticing, available, and accessible; providing decent employment and protection; and sharing innovative technologies.
ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A FOOD HERO?
If you too want to play your part and try sustainable, healthy, and DELI recipes, connect with us: you can find us on Instagram, Linkedin, and Facebook.
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Are you ready to become a Food Hero?
The 9 everyday actions to become a food hero and make healthy food part of your lifestyle are:
Choose healthy and diverse
Influence positive will
Respect Food and food heroes
Support development initiatives
Grow food at home
I want to thank FAO for all the information used to create this post and for sharing their Communication Toolkits with everyone who wants to use them. You can find more information, details about the online events, and how you can contribute as a private or business on the FAO website.