Did you know that fighting hunger and saving the planet can start right at your kitchen table? This World Food Day, October 16, support small-scale farmers with our guide to shopping and eating sustainably.
About World Food Day
On Oct. 16, 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded, built upon "its belief that the goal of freedom from want of food, suitable and adequate for the health and strength of all people can be achieved." Celebrated around the world, World Food Day honors that day and our commitment to defeating hunger.
Many think that hunger is about too many people and too little food. But that’s not true. Our planet produces enough food to feed every woman, man, and child. Instead, hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. Right now, many farmers in poor countries—the people who grow the food the world relies on—don’t have the power to access the resources they need to thrive.
Try a recipe
You may already be doing your part to support farmers close to home. This fall, you can also help hard-working small-scale farmers around the world just by adding a couple of simple things to your routine. Start right in your kitchen—at your kitchen table. Try one of these recipes and share them with your friends.
Eat for good offers five easy ways for people who care about hunger and farmers to help. Applying any of these principles, and encouraging your friends and family to as well, could make a real impact and help address the problem of millions of people who still don’t have enough food on their plates.
Food, farming, and hunger stories
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Rice is a staple crop that supports millions of families all over the world. When buying the rice for this recipe, look for a brand that guarantees small-scale farmers a fair price.
Mark Bittman is an author and journalist covering policy, agriculture, the environment, and cooking. He was a New York Times Opinion columnist and the lead food writer for The Times Magazine. Mark’s core message is “that food has the power to make or break not only our personal health but that of the planet”. This […]