Promoting ethical children's clothes and toys - World Food Day

October 16th is World Food Day 2020, and it honors of the founding date of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. Today, it is used to promote healthier food choices with the aim of more sustainable food systems.

“Collective action across 150 countries is what makes World Food Day one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and general public. They promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.”
FAO.org

So what can you do? Everyone across the food sector plays a role in ensuring that nutritious food is available – including you! Consumers have the power to influence what is being produced through healthy food choices.

Here’s some tips from FAO that you can follow to help:

CHOOSE HEALTHY AND DIVERSE
A healthy diet contributes to a healthy life. When we choose to eat diverse foods, we encourage a variety of foods to be produced. This is not only healthier for our bodies, but healthier for soils and our environment because a diverse diet favours biodiversity!

INFLUENCE POSITIVE WILL
You can use your social media platform to promote healthy eating and buying habits. You can get people talking about important events like World Food Day using the official hashtag, #WorldFoodDay and create a buzz for #FoodHeroes.

JOIN INITIATIVES
Look for volunteer opportunities at your local food bank or community kitchen. It’s a great way to be involved in collective action and support those who struggle to access food.

CHOOSE LOCAL
Whenever you can, support food heroes by buying locally grown fresh food, such as from a farmers’ market in your community. In doing so, you are helping smallholder farmers that produced the food, your local economy and you are encouraging crop diversity.

CHOOSE SEASONAL
Did you know that you reduce your carbon footprint when you buy produce that’s in season? When food is out of season in one part of the world it has to be imported and travel a long way before it arrives at your local market. Eating seasonal food can also be riper, tastier and more nutritious.

GROW FOOD AT HOME
If you have a green space at home, access to a garden, or a balcony with space for plant pots, you can grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. You’ll learn a lot about how food is produced and grow your appreciation for all the work that goes into cultivating produce.

RESPECT FOOD AND FOOD HEROES
Food loss and waste can occur throughout the food system, once it arrives at your table – you can play your part! Learning how to store uneaten food properly for another day’s meal is one way to avoid wasting perfectly good food.

SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
By supporting development initiatives, such as school meal and nutrition programmes in your local community, you can raise awareness about the importance of eating well and promote healthy eating through education.

SUPPORT FOOD-RELATED BUSINESSES AND RETAILERS
Everyone can be an activist and put pressure on governments, private sector businesses and decision-makers to transform our food systems by making healthy food options more enticing, available and accessible; providing decent employment and protection; and sharing innovative technologies.

For tips on how to eat more organically, take a look at our How to get involved with Organic September post from last month!

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