We Are the Prodigal Ones (WFD, October 2019)

feed the hungrysummary: Thai-style curry; October’s bounty; leftovers are delicious; just say no to plastic; World Food Day(s) 2019;

How can we allow food to be thrown away when more than 820 million people in the world continue to go hungry every day?
 
– Qu Dongyu, FAO Director-General, State of Food and Agriculture report, 2019

Last Monday was Thanksgiving in Canada. And last Wednesday was World Food Day (WFD). Initially, I had planned to include something about WFD when posting about the October’s BBB bread. But my verbosity (oh so many words) got away from me. And I forgot.

Which is inexcusable.

We cannot forget that we are the fortunate few who have plenty, when there are still many who are in dire need. Needlessly so, but not because they are negligent. It is because we are negligent.

There is no good reason that this should be. Nobody in the world should be going hungry!

After all, World Food Day shouldn’t be observed just for one day. Let’s make it every day!

Zero Hunger

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”.
 
– UN News, Can we feed the world and ensure no one goes hungry? | 3 October 2019
The number of undernourished people in the world has been on the rise since 2015, and is back to levels seen in 2010–2011.
 
FAO, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2019

As usual for Thanksgiving this year, we had our feast of two roast chickens with all the trimmings on Sunday.

From that chicken dinner, we made wonderful rich stock from the bones of the chicken, fantastic Chicken a la King, chicken sandwiches galore, and last night we had The. Most. Spectacular. Thai-style chicken curry. T made tons. Some of the curry will go in the freezer for us have in a couple of weeks.

Thai-style Curry

Here it is, almost a week after Thanksgiving dinner, and those two chickens are still serving us very well indeed. Tonight we will be using some of the chicken stock to make risotto.

Vegetables? Why yes, of course: Gorgeous locally grown cauliflower, green beans, shepherd peppers, chile peppers, parsnips, carrots, celery, eggplant, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts….

We do eat well! And while we’re not exactly frugal, we make sure not to be throwing any of our food away. (Whatever we cannot eat goes into the compost – our back yard compost bin if it’s vegetable scraps, or the city blue bin system if it’s meat or fat based scraps.)

It just makes sense.

Still, it cannot be denied. We are the prodigal ones. Let’s be prodigal with our sharing too.

World Food Day(s) 2019

Our Actions are our Future ~ Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World – FAO.org
World Food Day 2019

More than 820 million people do not have enough to eat. […] With real political commitment, bolder actions and the right investments, zero hunger is still achievable.
[…]
People experiencing moderate food insecurity face uncertainties about their ability to obtain food and have been forced to reduce, at times during the year, the quality and/or quantity of food they consume due to lack of money or other resources. […] People facing severe food insecurity, on the other hand, have likely run out of food, experienced hunger and, at the most extreme, gone for days without eating, putting their health and well-being at grave risk.
 
FAO, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2019
This year’s World Food Day – with the theme “Our actions are our future. Healthy diets for a #ZeroHunger world” – takes place in the context of rising global hunger but also increasing overweight and obesity. FAO and its partners believe that affordable solutions to reduce all forms of malnutrition exist, but they require greater global commitment and action.
 
FAO news: World Food Day sees call for bolder action to make healthy and sustainable diets available to all, 16 October 2019

Not only should we try to avoid excessive amounts of packaging. Let’s make a point of bringing our own baskets and/or reusable bags to bring our food home from the market. There is no good reason for us to be using so much plastic! There is no good reason for us to be producing so much plastic! It’s up to every one of us to make it completely unprofitable for companies to continue to widely create/purchase/distribute it.

Take Action

  • Recipe for a Healthy Life; includes Diet Choices: “Add vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts and whole grains to your diet”; Planet choices: “Think about the environment, reduce your food print […] Keep fresh and waste less”; Life choices: “Eat in company, and cook at home”
  • Sustainable Development Goals includes links to information about Sustainable food and agriculture, Family farming, Right to Food, Farmer Field Schools, Committee on World Food Security
    Agroecology Knowledge Hub, Ecosystem Services & Biodiversity, Pastoralist Knowledge Hub
  • UN News: Can we feed the world and ensure no one goes hungry? includes “Five solutions to Zero Hunger”

We have moved from seasonal, mainly plant-based and fibre-rich dishes to diets that are high in refined starches, sugar, fats, salt, processed foods, meat and other animal-source products. Less time is spent preparing meals at home, and consumers, especially in urban areas, increasingly rely on supermarkets, fast food outlets, street food vendors and take-away restaurants.
 
A combination of unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles has sent obesity rates soaring […]. Obesity and other forms of malnutrition affect nearly one in three people. Projections indicate that the number will be one in two by 2025.
 
– FAO | , Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World
Consider the environmental impact of the foods we eat, for example, some foods require more natural resources such as water to produce them. Try also to avoid buying foods that has excessive amounts of packaging.
[…]
Everyone can play their part
Countries, decision makers and private businesses can also take action to promote healthy diets and achieve #ZeroHunger.
 
– FAO | Recipe for a Healthy Life, Planet Choices

 

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