Food is perhaps one of the most important parts of culture. It brings people together, is the foundation of many memories and nostalgia. For some it is the comfort of childhood memories, homecooked meals, and for others it is the experience of trying something new and different. But whilst many of us have our favourite dishes, we are so used to this privilege that we do not recognise how lucky we are.
World Food Day, the 16th of October, aims to not only recognise the cultural importance of food but also strives to create more sustainable food industries and provide reliable, steady food sources for those who are vulnerable. It is predicted that approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted each year.
This astronomical waste of produce, if utilised correctly, could help to solve the hunger experienced by those across the world. In light of COVID-19, many people have struggled to put meals on the table, and those who were already vulnerable have been further impacted by the pandemic. It then falls upon us to take action and endeavour to make a difference. There are a number of steps that we can take in order to prevent and mitigate our own food wastage and help others.
Finding new and innovative ways to repurpose food and not waste it can help prevent the masses that we throw away. Leftover night is a quick and easy way to use up what is in the fridge. Or perhaps delve into the recipe books, exploring fun new food and stepping outside your comfort zone. It is also important to recognise those struggling.
Donating to foodbanks provides support to those who need it most. If you are looking a little further from home, international charities and non-profit organisations offer means for you to provide food to those outside of our boarders.
With one of the United Nations Sustainable Goals being to eradicate world hunger, it is incredibly important that we all do our part to support those in need and reduce our own food wastage. Food is one of the most integral aspect of life, but so is compassion. This year on the 16th of October, take time to consider your contribution to the world’s wastage.
Maybe try out a new family recipe or do some research into your closet food bank. 2020 has been all about adapting and overcoming challenges, but we continuously see people’s kind acts and generous hearts. World food day, 2020, is all about creating a sustainable future for food. So dig in or donate, but it is time for some action.