According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), after a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Zero hunger means working together to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need. To achieve it, we must adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, work with others, share our knowledge and be willing to help change the world – for the better.
Whether you’re a business, farmer, government representative or simply someone that’s willing to make a change, you can take action for #ZeroHunger!
To celebrate World Food Day and my commitment as an individual to the Sustainable Development Goals and ending world hunger by 2030, I made a vlog on my YouTube channel talking about simple actions we can take as individuals to help you make #ZeroHunger way of life, to help re-connect to food and what it stands for.
Now you’re probably thinking that your actions might not have the power to end world hunger… but think about how the food you eat also contributes to other sustainable development goals. Food security, like most other issues is a multifaceted issue that has human and environmental dimensions. It’s not just about making sure everyone in the world gets fed, but making sure the food we eat is produced and used sustainably, and the farmers who grow our food aren’t exploited.
As many of you who have been following me on social media would know, back in June/July I made the choice to transition to a minimal-zero waste lifestyle to reduce my negative impact on the planet. As a wannabe zero-waster, part of this lifestyle change meant making a very conscious effort to reduce my food waste. This is one of the most powerful things we can do in the developing world, to progress SDG 2.
Be informed about #ZeroHunger
One of the things the FAO recommends individuals do is take time to read about #ZeroHunger, the challenges we face in getting there and what governments, companies, farmers and others need to do. I also believe that education leads to action, so I compiled a list of my favourite resources for people to learn more about food security.
“Stuffed and Starved” by Raj Patel
“The ethics of what we eat” by Peter Singer
“Full Planet Empty Plates” by Lester R. Brown
Food Inc. (2008), a documentary which examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold.
Global Waste: The Scandal of Food Waste (2011). Food waste is a global problem of increasing magnitude. This documentary outlines the severity of the issue, and shows various solutions implemented by people around the world
Food Chains (2014), is a film about agricultural labour in the US after a hunger strike is launched at the headquarters of Publix supermarkets to protest poor wages and working conditions.
Food Choices (2016), explores the impact that food choice has on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other species sharing our world.
Earth 2 Us, my favourite podcast by youtuber Hannah McNeely and her friend Evan Oliver is not only entertaining, but they have a tonne of episodes about zero-waste and veganism. I’d totally recommend their podcast to anyone!
And speaking of veganism… there is no doubt that animal agriculture is one of the most water, energy, and land intensive industries in the world. With documentaries like Cowspiracy bringing this to the mainstream, UN agencies including the FAO are recommending limiting animal products and opting for a more plant-based diet…
I’ve been vegan for 5 years, for ethical, environmental, and health reasons…. And I would recommend it to anyone who is in a position to choose what you eat or where your next meal comes from.
Wasting less, eating better and adopting a sustainable lifestyle are key to building a world free of hunger. According to the FAO, the choices we make today, as individuals, are vital for a secure future of food…