Celebrate World Food Day…every day

Post written by Krista Levesque, EarthBites Facilitator.

 

World Food Day is October 16th, is an annual day to create awareness around healthy food sources, world hunger, and education on how to make healthy food choices.

This year I spent World Food Day educating elementary school students in the EarthBites program about the importance of preserving their own food, especially in light of climate change.

Most of the students I teach have access to an adequate diet of healthy whole foods. This is important as Canada is one of the few industrialized nations that does not have a national school food program. In addition, according to Food Secure Canada, ¼ of the calories consumed by students are not foods recommended in Canada’s Food Guide. Fast foods, processed foods, high sugar foods can sometimes dominate our plates due to busy schedules, job demands, and access to affordable choices.

Teaching students to grow food in their school garden and at home, can help bridge gaps in ensuring students have access to a balanced diet, while helping them grow skills to become more independent, creating a more Food Secure community.

Let’s make a commitment to change, to work towards 2019’s “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World” As FAO website states, achieving Zero Hunger in not only about addressing world hunger, but also nourishing people , while nurturing the planet.

Easy First Steps:

  1. Exercise your democratic right and have a say on Food Security: World Food Day coincides with our Federal Election. Check out Food Secure Canada’s Eat Think Vote Campaign link.

  2. Visit your local Farmers’ Market: Markets reconnect people with the land and the people who grow their food. When you visit a market, you meet the people who help sustain you and your community and help contribute to more than $15 million in direct and indirect benefits to the local and regional economy. Check out https://eatlocal.org/ for markets near you.

  3. Choose wisely: Choose whole foods, fresh foods, and local foods.  Choose to buy food from your local farmers and/or choose food not grown with pesticides.

  4. Grow your own: Parsley and cilantro, can be grown indoors year round. Lettuces and greens such as kale and swiss chard grow on a balcony. With your own plot or community garden the choices extensive. Visit West Coast Seeds for information on how and when to start growing easy crops. Check out their Planning 101 for beginners.

  5. Be prepared: Many of us have emergency kits in our cars and bins in our homes. Add a Garden Seed Bank, a collection of organic, non-GMO, non-hybrid, heirloom/heritage seeds.  Good for 3-5 years, these can provide your community with the means to grow your own food.

  6. Share the message: Use social media to share your ideas and spread the word of others. Post videos, stories, and photos of you and your community.

  7. Be inspired/Inspire: Follow organizations and join groups who are changemakers and create positive dialogue around nourishing people and nurturing the planet:

    1. EarthBties (Yup, that’s us – we’re awesome),

    2. CBC: Waves of Change Group Reducing the rate we discard single-use plastics,

    3. Zero Waste Vancouver Group zero waste, food waste, food education, sustainability,

    4. Farm to School BC promotes, supports and links Farm to School activity, policy, and programs across BC,

    5. Food Secure Canada alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty,

    6. Core Potentials inspiring people to operate at their mental and physical optimum through healthy eating, pilates and osteopathy, and energy medicine.

 

Krista originally wrote this post for Core Potentials Academy.

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