Thursday, 16 October 2008

World Food Day

WFD_enThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October. The aim of the day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

Think of those "poor people" in the UK too, who can only buy sub-standard, packaged, sweaty vegetables (previously frozen for transport) or seriously strange, unnatural chicken. They're suffering too, albeit in a different way.

And those practices increase prices and decrease nutritional value.

The FAO estimates 75m of the world hungry are a direct result of high food prices. As we discovered yesterday, upwards of 20% of the population, even in "rich" countries are poor and, one can only assume there's a risk of more of us becoming poorer, as food prices continue to rise.

Put the two together and, even if we don't subscribe to a view of the sky falling, I think, realistically, we have to re-examine our optimism over food security and start thinking more about providing for our own needs.

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