Today October 16th 2021 the UN is making a call for action to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable to everyone.
For the second year running, the world marks #WorldFoodDay whilst continuing to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year, the World Food Day commemorations will be jointly led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation( FAO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Food Programme (WFP). Events will be organised in 150 countries across the globe with multiple partners and governments, according to the United Nations.
The theme this year is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.
I hope this is the case as I was worried that while I have been conducting research I read that and I was astounded that despite the focus being on building sustainable and fair food systems the recent UN summit was boycotted and criticized by none other than scientists, farming groups and social movements…
Why?…instead of giving the platform to groups who were building and advocating for sustainable food systems worldwide…the summit centred around major food and agriculture companies who argue that the way forward is through proprietary tech and more chemicals.
“Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”
DOES NOT MEAN more Chemicals!
When I read figures and percentages stating how much food is wasted around the world...I feel like weeping… particularly when I see appeals to help feed starving children and in all honesty, no parent should have to worry about where the next meal is coming from not in this day and age…but because there is so much inequality around the world it is happening children are starving and dying…it beggars belief at times…
I know wars and strife and the like sometimes prevent food supplies from getting through and of course, climate change is taking the flack as well for some of it but more should be done…I truly hope that days like today and the forthcoming COPD26 brings about that change…Our actions are our future…
Thank you for taking the time to read x