[A] change in mindsets […] can make hunger a hardship of the past.
It was Thanksgiving in Canada last Monday. And last Saturday was World Food Day (WFD).
I am perennially filled with great intentions…. I had planned to include something about WFD when posting (late) about the October 2021’s BBB Pumpkin-shaped bread. But my lateness stopped me. And once again, I selfishly forgot.
Which is – especially because it’s happened to me before – inexcusable. It’s high time for a mindset change, isn’t it?
As long as there are so many hungry people in the world, we cannot forget that we are the fortunate few who have so much that we let some of it turn green and furry in our fridges.
There are still many who are in dire need. Needlessly so, but not because they have planned badly. It is because we have planned badly as we march around with our masks on – self-absorbed – complaining that we can’t dine inside at the restaurants yet.
Remember. Many people in the world cannot dine at all. In restaurants or at home. Take-out or home-cooked. Inside or outside.
Our actions are our future.
In 2019, the UN made the following statement: “Enough food is produced today to feed everyone on the planet, but hunger is on the rise in some parts of the world, and some 821 million people are considered to be “chronically undernourished”.”
And yet, here it is 2021, and the number of chronically nourished people remains distressingly high:
In 2020, the global extreme poverty rate rose for the first time in over 20 years. Hundreds of millions of people were pushed back into extreme poverty and chronic hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted one or more essential health services and poses major health threats beyond the disease itself.
– Liu Zhenmin, UN
for Economic and Social Affairs, Sustainable Development Goals Report, https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2021/view-from-the-pandemic/
While this year’s World Food Day has already passed, this is not an excuse for us to observe it just for one day. As long as there are chronically undernourished people, it is our duty to change our mindsets in order to uphold their human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
As usual for Thanksgiving this year, we had our feast of two roast chickens with all the trimmings.
From that chicken dinner, we made wonderful rich stock from the bones of the chicken, fantastic Chicken a la King, chicken sandwiches galore, and Thai-style chicken curry.
Here it is, one week later, and those two chickens are still serving us very well indeed. This morning for breakfast, we had delicious soup made of left-over Chicken a la King, a splash of milk, some of the stock from the freezer, and left-over boiled potatoes (from a different dinner) that T fried with a left-over half tomato. And there is still some left-over Thai chicken curry so that we can have laksa mi!
We really do eat well! And it’s true that we’re not exactly frugal. However, we make sure not to be throwing any of our food away into landfill. Or at least we make a great effort. Whatever scraps we cannot eat go into the compost, either our back yard compost bin or city’s blue bin compost.
It just makes sense.
Still, it cannot be denied. We really do have more than enough. Let’s share.
There are many reputable aid agencies working to help feed the chronically hungry worldwide. Here are just a few of them to help you to help others. Please look in your community for others.
- WFP United Nations World Food Program
» Preventing Hunger
» Food Assistance for Assets
- Agencies working within Canada
» Second Harvest
» Food for Life
» Canadian Association of Food Banks
World Food Day
Our Actions are our Future. A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible. – FAO.org
More than 3 billion people (almost 40 percent of the world’s population) cannot afford a healthy diet.
[…] 14 percent of the world’s food is lost due to inadequate harvesting, handling, storage and transit and 17 percent is wasted at consumer level. […] Biodiversity is suffering and soils are being degraded as a result of intensified agriculture, a growing consumption of resource-intensive foods, and the conversion of natural ecosystems for crop production or pasture […] Nature works tirelessly on our behalf providing us with our essential needs – water, food, clean air, medicine, and materials for shelter. But the way we produce, consume and waste food is putting unnecessary pressure on natural resources, the environment and climate. It’s [past] time for us to learn from nature and work with it, not against it.
Billions of consumers worldwide need to shift old consumption patterns in order to transform food systems for the better. Change is in our hands.
– FAO of the UN, World Food Day: Get Involved! (www.fao.org/3/cb5602en/cb5602en.pdf)
- Choose healthy diets: We need to choose […] diverse and nutritious foods. Just as variety supports biodiversity, a varied and balanced diet benefits your body and mind. Add fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and wholegrains to your diet and reduce ultra-processed foods that are high in salt, sugar or fats. […]
Reduce Food Waste: Buy only what you need and use it all! When we throw food away, we waste the water and energy used to produce and transport it, and also add to greenhouse gas emissions. […]
Recycle like nature: Nature never wastes! […] Learn from nature and try reusing water at home, for example by using old water that cooked vegetables or rainwater to water your plants. You can also put nutrients back into the soil by composting raw or cooked foods you can no longer eat. […]
Dress sustainably: Agri-food systems Agri-food systems […] also produce fibres such as cotton and wool. Be sustainable in the way you dress. Support fashion and brands that are socially responsible and ethical and research brands before buying. […]
Please read more about what you can do here: FAO.org | Take Action
- UN News: UN chief urges lifesaving transformation of food systems We can all change how we consume food, and make healthier choices – for ourselves, and our planet.“
We all understand that a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is only as strong and sustainable as its inclusivity of those who have been most affected, such as smallholder and family farmers, rural women, and indigenous peoples. […] Having up to 811 million people going to bed hungry and over 3 billion unable to afford healthy diets is more than reason enough to act together and shift away from a business-as-usual approach to ending hunger. […] [A] change in mindsets […] can make hunger a hardship of the past. Let us not overlook the potential behind each individual action in leading us to a future where no one goes without a meal and where our food systems work together with, not against, our planet’s ecosystems.”
– Collen V. Kelapile, Occasion to Commemorate World Food Day (Pre-Recorded Statement), 15 October 2021, www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/publication/statement-ecosoc-president-15-oct-2021.pdf
The future of food is in our hands An agri-food system is a complex term that may seem far from your reality, but do you know our lives depend on them? Every time you eat, you participate in the system. The food we choose and the way we produce, prepare, cook and store it make us an integral and active part of the way in which an agri-food system works.
[S]ustainable agri-food system[s] […] deliver food security and nutrition for all, without compromising the economic, social and environmental bases, for generations to come. They lead to better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all.
FAO 16 October 2021 World Food Day, (www.fao.org/world-food-day/about/en)
Since well before the COVID-19 pandemic, several major drivers have put the world off track to ending world hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures have made it significantly more challenging to achieve this goal. […] In 2014, the long decline in world hunger that had begun in 2005 came to a halt. The number of people experiencing undernourishment began to slowly increase until, in 2020, the world witnessed an unprecedented setback in its hunger eradication efforts
[…] [M]illions of people around the world suffer from food insecurity and different forms of malnutrition because they cannot afford the cost of healthy diets.
FAO of the UN, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021, (fao.org/3/cb4474en/online/cb4474en.html)
With the theme “Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life” World Food Day 2021 will be again celebrated in Brussels […] with an aim to get back on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We all need to be part of the change.
FAO News | World Food Day 2021 – It’s your day! (fao.org/brussels/news/detail/en/c/1416785/)
(As always, if you have something to add or say about ending world hunger, please remember to post your thoughts and ideas on your blog, facebook, at work, etc. etc.)
» Wild Bierocks/Runzas (BBB October 2020) (WFD 2020)
» We Are the Prodigal Ones (WFD, October 2019) (WFD 2019)
» Steaming Up the Kitchen (BBB October 2018) (WFD 2018)
» Going Wild with Pumpkin Cornmeal Rolls (BBB October 2017) (WFD 2017)
» Bagels with Asiago (BBB October 2016) (WFD 2016)
» Roux the Day with Tangzhong Bread (BBB October 2015) (WFD 2015)
» green bean sabzi (WFD 2014)
» Everyday Sandwich Bread (WFD/WBD 2013)
» Gosh! Awsh is Good! (2012)
» Russian Roses for World Bread Day (BBB October 2012) (WFD 2012)
» Give us this day our daily bread (WBD/WFD 2011)
» Dragon Tail Baguettes (WBD/WFD) 2010
» masala dosa and a reminder
» Wordless Wednesday: 1,000,000,000 for 1,000,000,000 (21/10/2009)
» The Staff of Life (WBD/WFD 2008)
» Rice for all (2007)
» Wild Bread with Walnuts and Raisins (WBD 2007) (WFD 2007)