Celebrating World Food Day
11 October 2021
By Hayley Carmichael
Food is a key part of our lives, but not everyone has equal access to good food. On World Food Day we shine a spotlight on the importance of eating well and eating sustainably so that everyone has access to a healthy diet that is as good for us as it is the planet.
Food for health and planet
This year the theme of World Food Day is “Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”. This annual event is organised by The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Over 150 countries get involved in World Food Day, which is what makes World Food Day one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. On 16th October there will be hundreds of events and outreach activities around the world, to 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.
Healthy eating isn’t just good for us, it’s good for the environment too, as is avoiding food waste, which is why our Care Without Carbon programme addresses this issue. Eating less meat is a great way to promote production of crops that help combat carbon emissions and create more food to go round so everyone can eat well.
Tackling food waste is important too. Food waste contributes to around eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
To support World Food Day why not make the “meat free Monday” pledge through our Dare to Care campaign? Just click here, select Sussex Community from the list and make your pledge.