World Food Day is more than Just Food

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Food is a big part of our everyday life and while food is very basic of our everyday lives, we often take it for granted. This is why it is important to celebrate this October 16th, World Food Day. Together with leaders from your countries or all over the world, we can create a better place, where everyone has access to healthy and safe food. World Food Day is to remind us not to take food for granted and to raise awareness about the issue involving food and healthy diet.

What is World Food Day?

World Food Day is about food security and more
World Food day is located on October 16 every year. World Food Day was created by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, however, they are not the only ones that participate in World Food Day. In fact, many other organizations also participate and celebrate World Food Day. On World Food Day, we gather to acknowledge the importance of food as in hunger, food supply, food security, healthy diet, and the demand for food. World Food Day wants people to know more about agriculture, the food system, food security, and so on. In fact, World Food Day is so much more than just food, it covers topics like sustainable agriculture, small businesses, new technologies, effects of climate change on agricultures, food security, healthy diet, food safety, and many more topics. Each year the United Nations sets a theme to World Food Day, this way the discussion can be focused and applied to the current situation of the world.

Why is World Food Day celebrated?

World Food Day was first started in 1981 by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Now, World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries around the world in hope to raise more awareness to healthy diets and help the people in hunger. While every day tons of food are being wasted or lost, there are people in other regions that are struggling to obtain healthy food and diet. Food insecurity is a global crisis as many people are experiencing it right now. In addition, with the population continuing growing, the demand for food will significantly increase. However, with climate change and other factors, there is a high chance of crop scarcity and other agriculture issues causing more food insecurity in the future. So it is important to raise awareness about food and agriculture on World Food Day. That many of the issues are all interrelated and if the climate continues to go extreme, it will be harder for the farmers to grow crops and less and less fish will be available and so on.

World Food Day 2020

World Food Day 2020 Poster
The 2020 World Food Day marks the 75 year anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization in the United Nations (World Food Day 2020 Toolkit for Private Companies and Corporations). This year’s World Food Day has the theme of

Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.
Our Action is our Future.

The purpose of this year’s World Food Day theme is to encourage people to think about the future. With the current situation of CO-VID 19 pandemic, many people are suffering due to limited access to healthy food and diet. So the World Food Day wants to raise awareness and “is calling for global solidarity to help all populations, and especially the most vulnerable, to recover from the crisis, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate shocks, deliver affordable and sustainable healthy diets for all, and decent livelihoods for food system workers” (World Food Day 2020 Toolkit for Private Organization and Corporations).
By properly planning for the future, we can easily be prepared for different kinds of situations that may happen in the future.

How Can You Help?

There are many ways that one can participate in World Food Day. For those of you that are interested in doing something good, here are a few options that you can do for World Food Day.

  1. Support Fair Trade Food or Local farmers
  2. Attend World Food Day Online Seminar
  3. Share your knowledge of food security, healthy diet and so on
  4. Promote World Food Day with #WorldFoodDay or #FoodHeros
  5. Educate Younger Generation about the importance of sustainable agriculture
  6. Donate to food drive or food tank

There are many more ways that you can become involved in World Food Day, these are just a few options. Of course, you are encouraged to be creative.

See You Then

This article is just the tip of the iceberg on the topics that World Food Day covers. In addition, there are many organizations that participate in World Food Day that hope to make a difference for the future. As we often take food for granted, on World Food Day, we need to acknowledge the importance of food and understand that we need to make some changes in order to continue to provide the needed food for the future generations all over the world.



Resources:
World Food Day 2020 Toolkit for Private Companies and Corporations. Food and Agriculture Organization. PDF.
               
Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!