What can I do to help address food inequalities ?
OK here’s the thing, there are currently 690 million people that are going hungry in the world* (source FAO). The number has been going the wrong way, and unfortunately Covid-19 is estimated to add another 83 – 132 million to it. This is making the target the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) set, to eliminate hunger by 2030, more of a moonshot than a possibility.
So, happy world food day and blah blah blah. Let’s all pour another cup of coffee or glass of wine, depending on what time you are reading this, and have another bite of our all butter croissant or handful of crisps.
But the story can have a different ending. Each and every one of us can refuse to go with the first version of the story and choose a different ending. There is a lot we can do, as individuals, organisations and businesses.
Every one of us can
– Chose local
– Chose seasonal
– Chose healthy and diverse – your gut will love you, trust me
– Grow food at home – try it, what’s the worst that can happen ?
– Respect food and all those food heroes in these Covid-19 days – don’t waste food
– Support initiatives related to good nutrition, eg. school meals
– Volunteer at food related support initiatives such as food banks
– Be an influencer – you have social media, you have friends, you have a voice. Use it, talk about healthy food choices, ask decision makers to transform our food system
(The FAO website explains it better than me and has some great resources to engage kids, too. http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/take-action/en/)
Then a few years from now, in a Covid free world, with the number of those going hungry shrinking , we can pour ourselves another fare trade sustainable cup of coffee and say, with a cheeky little smile on our face, happy world food day!
NB and if you are lucky enough to be a product developer then you can do so much on so many levels.
*Yes, this is the same world that also had 650 million obese people in 2016 (source World Health Organisation) and let’s not mention the number of overweight because it is eye watering! But this is a discussion for another time.
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