World Food Day
We are celebrating World Food Day at Ecodek towers which takes place next Monday 16th October, honoring the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
World Food Day events are organised in over 150 countries across the world to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. From marathons, hunger marches, exhibitions, cultural performances and concerts will be taking place to promote the global campaign.
It’s surprising to know that the world is facing a future of food shortages and mass migration as a consequence of global warming.
In 2015, there were 244 million international migrants, 40% more than in 2000 with about one-third of all international migrants are aged 15-34 which nearly half are women.
World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. By the year 2030 world population is projected to grow around 8.3 billion. The Sustainable Development Goals have been set up to end poverty and hunger to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality in a healthy environment. Check out the path to zero hunger link.
The World Food Day Ceremony takes place next Monday at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ headquarters in Rome. For the first time the Pope will also attend in person and will call on the international community to change the future of migration.
There’s a couple of ways of how can you get involved?
- Try not to waste food and plan meals well in advance so that all the food you purchase is used before it spoils.
- Make the most of what food is already in your pantry.
- Buy food that is in season as it will last longer, cost less and supports local growers.
- Buy fresh organic food and support your local farmers
- Consider being self-sufficient and grow your own food and start your own allotment plot. Aim to cut out food miles and your carbon footprint.
I personally love having my own allotment plot and it’s certainly become better established this year. I still have potatoes and leeks to harvest before our plot is rotated for re-planting next spring.
I’ve been inundated with my tomato crop this year due to plenty of rain, I’ve hardly had to water much this summer at all.
I’ve been making my own fresh seven vegetable fresh tomato sauce, a Jamie Oliver recipe which is great as I’ve been able to make lots of batches and still have loads in the freezer ready to use up.
We like this National Geographic article about Dutch Farmer Jacob Van Den Borne who has a sea of greenhouses surrounding his home in the Westland region of the Netherlands. The Dutch have become the world leaders in agricultural innovation, pioneering new paths to fight hunger. Jacob stresses that the planet must produce more food in the next four decades than all farmers in history have harvested over the past 8,000 years
Carbon Dioxide is the leading greenhouse gas emission produced by humans, thus contributing most dramatically to worldwide climate change. Most countries produce far more carbon dioxide than they are able to absorb, unfortunately contributing to the amount of unwanted carbon that makes its way into the atmosphere
At Ecodek we lessen our impact on climate change and pride ourselves our eco credentials, producing a product made from 95% recycled materials including materials that come from sustainable and well-managed forests. A mixture of >40% recycled HDPE polymer and >50% reclaimed hardwood.
Ecodek is recognised as achieving carbon negative status for the production of our wood polymer composite products. For an idea of what this means regarding carbon emissions, an average tree locks up 2kg of C02 per year (reference Forest Commission). So, by comparison, the ecodek manufacturing process replaces the same amount of carbon as 300,000 trees every year.
Bhutan in Asia are the world’s first carbon negative country as they put a ban on export logging, the constitution was amended to included that forested areas would not drop below 60% and that free hydroelectric power generated by Bhutan’s many rivers was utilized over environmentally devastating fossil fuels. Check out this interesting blog post on Bhutan found on the GVI website.
Thanks to Bhutan’s massive tree cover, 72% of the country is still forested, the country has become a carbon sink. Being a carbon sink means that Bhutan absorbs over 6 million tons of carbon annually while only producing 1.5 million tons.”
Talking of sustainability, check out this article on Design Boom’s website all about the world’s most sustainable residential building project. This zero house construction meets the highest goals in sustainability and the project was presented as part of a ten-day festival for design, innovation and technology in Toronto in which a group of students created a zero house which provides it’s occupants with a zero energy bill.
British Food Fortnight also runs until Sunday 8th October which focuses this year on buying British. Choosing British means supporting British Farmers whose work helps to keep the British countryside the way we want it to look. Check out this video on why it’s best to buy British.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on World Food Day and how you mark it? Leave us a comment in the comments field below.