World Food Day

October 16th is World Food Day and this year the focus is on changing the future of migration. Hunger and failing farms are driving many people off their land.

Our food system is broken. Hunger vs obesity. Wasteful oil-based production. Forests cleared for grain to feed to animals. Soil erosion. Greenhouse gases. Waste. Migration

We’ll be finding out more about the problems and what we can do on Thursday 19th with our Food for One World event.

Find out more about good issues from One

And from the Guardian

Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Campaign has ranked the biggest 10 companies behind our favourite brands on issues such as land, climate change and workers’ rights.

The bottom line is they all need to do much better As consumers, we need to put pressure on them and  push them to change for the better.

Friends of the Earth argues that humanity is in danger of exhausting key natural resources that we think of as renewable – chief among them our food and fresh water. What we do with our land and what we choose to eat have huge impacts on our environment, our health, and our ability to feed future generations. Join us in calling for a world where we can all eat better. Find out how to eat better and take their pledge

What you can do

◊  Try and eat lower down in the food chain  i.e. more plant-based wholefoods like cereals and vegetables and less meat and dairy.

◊  Accept more variability in the appearance of your food.

◊  Check where your food has come from and what costs have been involved.

◊  Shop local!y.  Reduce car travel and help local food producers survive. You should get fresher food which has wasted less energy in transportation and cold storage.

◊  Seek out seasonal produce.

◊  Support groups which are making use of surplus food.

◊  Buy food with less packaging

◊  Put pressure on local supermarkets to stock local and organic products and to pay farmers (at home and abroad) a fair price.

◊  Buy organic whenever possible. You will be saving the resources and energy used in the production, packaging and transport of pesticides and fertilizers which are used in conventional farming methods.

◊  Grow your own

◊  Choose Fairtrade because it offers a fair price to poor farmers, builds community projects, helps small farmers stay in business, use more organic methods and diversify.

◊  Fight unfair trade rules which are forcing poor countries into food dependency..

◊  Get involved with campaigns for better food, fair trade rules and animal welfare

◊  Join groups which are helping to feed hungry people in our own area

farmer holding vegetables