Here are some initiatives on the occasion of World Food Day 2021
Today, as every October 16th, the World Food Day and do you know why? The anniversary was announced in 1979, during the 20th General Conference of the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) precisely to commemorate the day it was founded, October 16, 1945. The goal of World Food Day? It's not just one, there are several. The first is that of raise awareness, inform and find solutions to problems related to malnutrition, hunger, poverty, food security; the second is precisely to push people to find solutions, to Act for the sake of common health.
Each year the issues that are addressed mainly revolve around the theme of agriculture in fact, not surprisingly, this year too the focus will be precisely this: transform agri-food systems to improve production, the environment and the quality of life.
Action Against Hunger
"Never go hungry again"Is the manifesto drawn up by Action Against Hunger together with great artists and celebrities such as Tiziano Ferro, Federica Pellegrini, Dario Vergassola, Marco Cappato, Chiara Maci and many others for raise awareness as many people as possible to make ethical and socially responsible choices. "With a planet that is, in fact, capable of producing enough food for all, long-available, effective and low-cost cures against child malnutrition, cooperation projects capable of realizing the self-sufficiency of vulnerable communities, we are the first generation in history that can eliminate hunger – he has declared Simone Garroni, general manager of Action Against Hunger -. Yet, in the last five years, hunger has returned to grow, affirming itself, in Italy and in the world, as a contemporary plague: 811 million people suffer from hunger and over 2 million children die every year due to malnutrition. It is unacceptable! Hunger is man-made and our leaders must have more courage and demonstrate the political will to fight its underlying reasons: conflicts, inequalities and climate change". The manifesto also wants to be a starting point and food for thought for all national and international leaders to carry out concrete actions and interventions in compliance with global needs.
FICO Eataly Bologna
World Food Day also takes on one sustainable look, indeed FIG Eataly Bologna, the food theme park, will host from 14 October to 17 October events and show cooking focused on the "recovery kitchen". The chefs of FICO restaurants will teach you how to reduce food waste in the kitchen of your own home with a view to reuse, zero waste and sustainability. The three days is aimed at raise awareness visitors on the amount of food that is discarded every day in the kitchen, do you think that almost8% of the food you buy is thrown away (Adoc data). Impressive, isn't it? And what is even more shocking is that in the more affluent countries there is a tendency to discard the amount of food necessary to feed almost a billion people.
Some FAO figures
The latest FAO report on food safety (SOFI 2021) draws us a shocking scenario: in the last year the number of people suffering from hunger has increased considerably, currently there are some 161 million worldwide. The causes? They are many. Wars, climate change, social and gender inequalities,… For example, the Global report on Food Crisis 2021 explains that 6 out of 10 people (among those who suffer from hunger) live in war zones.
What can we do to reduce waste?
In our own small way, we can help reduce waste and prevent bakeries, bars and restaurants from throwing away leftover food. Like? Of course with technology! There are several smartphone apps that you can download as To Good To Go which, with more than 80,000 affiliated stores around the world, gives merchants the opportunity to sell their unsold goods of the day at a reduced price. Last minute under the house, instead, it is an application that allows merchants to report foods with a short expiry date, those foods that could not be sold in the store but still too good to be discarded, the app works in the same way myFOODY. Or, Bring The Food, another very useful app that boasts collaboration with the Banco Alimentare Foundation which is committed to recovering all the surplus food from large-scale distribution, canteens and restaurants to provide it to the most needy through non-profit organizations.
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