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“.
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!
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.
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.
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.