A day dedicated to sustainable food

A day dedicated to sustainable food

October 12, 2018

A day dedicated to sustainable food

FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the organization. This year’s topic: sustainable food and food paradoxes which are themes on which BCFN has also focused.

A world where nobody suffers from hunger and everybody has access to the right quantities of nutritious, healthy food: this isn’t just one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, but the genuine central theme and beating heart of the upcoming edition of World Food Day, which will focus on sustainable food with the slogan: “Our actions are our future”. 

Call to action

Every 16 October, to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations celebrate the event, by focusing on a different theme. This year, the focus lies on sustainable food: according to the same FAO, there are over 821 million people across the world, the majority of whom women, suffering from hunger despite the fact that the Planet has enough resources to feed everyone. Almost half of infant deaths are related to malnutrition, while the percentage of youths and adults suffering from obesity is constantly on the rise: there are over 670 million world-wide, a figure that rises to nearly 2 billion if you also consider overweight people. 


This is why this year’s goal can only be a call to action on the topic of sustainable food, to make sure a real difference can be made on the processes that now seem so deeply-rooted and concern the connection between obesity and malnutrition.

Trying to minimize food waste, eating more healthily and striving towards a lifestyle and a diet with sustainable food are simple choices, which are vital for everyone’s future. And most of all within everyone’s reach. This is why the FAO, in view of the events scheduled all over the world to celebrate World Food Day, is delivering a truly simple yet extremely effective handbook, comprising four simple rules for a zero hunger world.


1. No to food waste: freezing left-overs could be an excellent solution to avoid throwing away what could still be eaten. Even when eating out at a restaurant, a smart solution is to ask for a “doggy bag”, and finish the meal later at home.

2. Producing more, with less: if the current demographic rates keep up, there will be 9 billion of us in 2050. We need to find a sustainable agriculture model with new, more productive farming methods, to feed everyone and at the same time improve the quality of the soils.

3. Follow a healthy diet: a meal consisting of healthy food can be quick and easy to prepare, and so shouldn’t be feared. It’s much easier than one might think, and it could even be fun, if recipes are shared with friends and relatives.

4. Word of mouth: everyone should play their part, and cooperate towards achieving this goal, together. Through the web, whether virtual or not, each and every one of us can raise awareness as to the issues of sustainable food and find solutions, promote schemes and liaise with authorities and communities.

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