5 ways to celebrate World Food Day
The World Food Day is celebrated on October 16 every year. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has designated this day since 1979. World Food Day promotes global awareness of those who suffer from hunger as well as the need to ensure healthy diets for all, and provides suggestions for how to alleviate those problems. But we all can contribute in fighting hunger and saving food with few innovative and simple ideas. The only trick is to practise them in our daily lives.
Look around you, and you will see many undernourished and hungry people. While we enjoy a variety of food items on our plates, there are millions in the world who don’t even get to have one proper meal in a day. So how can you help? You just have to serve as much as you can eat. Not wasting food is the first way to save it. Next time you leave your meal on your plate, think about a hungry child somewhere.
We all like fresh meals but thankfully technology has made life much easier with the advent of cold storage and refrigerators. There’s nothing wrong with eating overnight kept food. Moreover, it’s fun to get creative with your cooking when you fry the leftover rice.
It’s simple logic. Anything which grows near you would be fresher and healthier. Try to buy fruits and vegetables from local farmers rather than shopping at upscale marts selling imported perishables. Local food is not only healthier but also tastier.
With globalisation, scientific innovations and easy transport services, cravings can be fulfilled at the drop of the hat. Veggies and fruits appear on shelves all year long. But would mangoes taste as good in winters as they taste in summers? Why should you eat melons in December when you can eat fresh plums which are supposed to ripen during colder months? Eating seasonal food adds to our gut health and also helps us stay fit.
Sharing is caring
Yes, you shouldn’t waste food but what if it’s a bit too much for you to eat alone? Worry not. Just share it with those who need it. There are many NGOs which help distribute the excess food in restaurants, or the food which is left during weddings and other functions. Stay in touch with such organisations to help the needy.