world food day

In honor of the Food & Agriculture Organization‘s founding in 1945, each Oct. 16 is World Food Day. There is nothing more central to our humanity than communion–it’s no wonder that breaking bread and sharing meals is at the center of countless religious celebrations. Cuisine is at the core of our culture; food is an essential part of our daily lives. It is the unifier. That’s why I love my work & why I’m passionate about food equity–from sustainable agriculture to equal access.

This year’s World Food Day theme is awesome:

“Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world” is the formal wording of the 2012 theme. It has been chosen to highlight the role of cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger.

Yeah, Co-ops! Thanks for all you do!

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“[Y]ou are at the heart of the next big push – eliminating hunger in our lifetimes.”

Is it possible? A recent FAO press release says the Millennium Development Goal hunger target may be within reach.In fact, “Graziano da Silva said that important progress has been made in cutting the number of hungry people by 132 million since 1990. The proportion of the hungry also fell in the developing world from 23.2 percent to 14.9 percent.”

What could be more inspiring than that? Take a look at how it’s happening. Spoiler alert: Women get to play a stronger role.

To celebrate the inspiring work of FAO and to demonstrate the impact that grass-roots projects have on fighting hunger, events are happening all across the world. Check out what’s happening in the U.S. & Canada, and see if you can join the World Food Day efforts of your community.

No event near you? Head to your local grocery (or co-op!) & buy some fresh produce or canned vegetables, then head to your nearest pantry or free meal provider. As an employee of a free meal provider, I can tell you that we are endlessly indebted to our donors & humbled by their generosity. Your gift will be appreciated by the organization, and by the members of your community to whom you gave a balanced, nutritious meal.

Happy World Food Day!


About meganbetz

human geography PhD Student at Indiana University; wife, reader, writer, baker, gardener
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