Do you go to bed hungry? Have you ever wondered where you next meal is going to come from?
I pose those questions because despite the fact that our planet produces plenty of food for everyone, nearly 1 in 7 people go hungry each day. So if the planet produces enough food, why are people still going hungry? About 1/3 of the food that is produced is lost or wasted between the farm to our plate. That is just astounding to me that we are wasting precious resources.
I know I have been guilty on many occasions of letting food spoil because I bought too much or buying foods that I wind up not eating just because I don’t like it. We waste so much money, food and time nowadays on things we don’t need or even want but just buy to buy. Wouldn’t be amazing if we all refocused our attention and spent that money helping those who don’t have money to buy food.
Some ways that we can help come from Oxfam America and the World Food Day on October 16th. You could sign up to have a World Food Day dinner discussion in your own home and go over ideas with your friends and family of where your food comes from, who cultivates it, and ways that you can make the things you eat more sustainable and not so processed. Check out the Discussion Guide to help foster more conversation.
You can also discuss ways of using the GROW Method more in your everyday life. Reduce food waste, cooking smart by using less energy and water, buying food in season, and eating less meat and dairy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Here is more info from the Grow Method Facebook Page and a cookbook on Pinterest to help you plan your World Food Day dinner.
I hope you will sign up for the event and bring a little more consciousness about where our food really comes form and ways to waste less so that everyone can eat and less and less people go to bed hungry.
I wrote this post as part of the Mom Bloggers For Social Good– Global Team of 200. All opinions are my own.