It is hard to believe it, but it is once again time to celebrate World Food Day!
This special day is honored every year on October 16th.
A tribute to the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945, World Food Day is one of the most celebrated holidays on the United Nations’ calendar.
To honor the holiday, events promoting awareness about worldwide hunger are organized across the globe in over 150 countries.
Every year World Food Day has a theme.
The theme for 2018 is “Our Actions are Our Future,” and you can keep up with the conversation on social media with the hashtags #ZeroHunger and #WFD2018.
How Big Is the Hunger Problem?
After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again.
According to the latest FAO report, over 815 million people across the globe suffer from chronic undernourishment.
Our hard-earned progress in the fight against hunger and malnutrition is now experiencing a setback for many reasons—from climate change to economic slowdown to poor agricultural practices.
And to make the situation worse, while millions go hungry, the world is simultaneously suffering from an obesity epidemic.
In fact, the statistics show that a whopping 1.9 billion people are overweight, with 650 million of them considered obese.
It is clear we need to get ‘back on track’ on both sides of the spectrum—whether we are talking about the millions who suffer from hunger or the billions who struggle with weight issues.
World Food Day: The Sobering Facts
Here are the sobering facts in a nutshell:
- The malnutrition problem centers in rural areas, where 80 percent of the world’s poor live. This is why #ZeroHunger calls for an overhaul of the rural economy.
- While the world produces enough food to feed everyone, 1 in 9 people suffer from hunger (60 percent of them are women).
- Forty-five percent of infant deaths are linked to malnutrition.
- The cost of malnutrition to the global economy amounts to at least $3.5 trillion annually.
- Hunger kills more people each year than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined.
- One-third of the food that is produced every year is either lost or wasted.
- More than 25 percent of the world’s population is either overweight or obese.
Why Zero Hunger?
What exactly does Zero Hunger mean?
Simply put, Zero Hunger is the goal of creating a world with no hunger.
The idea is that we can unite together to make sure that everyone—everywhere—has access to the safe, healthful and nutritious food they need.
To achieve Zero Hunger we need to work together, share knowledge and take specific governmental and individual measures that encourage a more sustainable lifestyle and better nutrition everywhere.
With wisdom and foresight, the world can achieve Zero Hunger.
However, to do so, we need to join forces across nations, sectors, professions and all walks of life.
How Can You Honor World Food Day?
Adopt a plant-based diet.
To do that, you will want to stay tuned because we are about to open up the 2018 Food Day Challenge where we will spend three weeks eating a whole food, plant-based diet and supporting one another!
Change always begins with individual action, and eating plant-based is the most efficient way to get your nutrition without taxing the planet in the process. For a quick recap, check out Eat Like You Care – Why Your Diet Affects More Than Just You.
And in honor of World Food Day, start out (or continue!) your plant-based journey with our Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl that is ‘off the charts’ delicious! At $1.60 per serving, this recipe is also proof that eating plant-based does NOT have to be expensive!