Did you know that October 16 is World Food Day?
Did you also know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises the right to food as part of the right to an adequate standard of living?
Did you know that one in eight people go to bed hungry every night. This isn’t about a lack of food. It’s about the imbalances in access to resources like fertile land and water. So, I hear you ask: “Who controls these resources? Is it farmers who produce our food? Is it we who eat it?” Find some of the answers here
Do you know where the food you buy at your supermarket comes from? Do you know what chemicals and additives are in the food you eat? Have you ever asked yourself these questions before?
The answers might surprise you, even alarm you. However, we can do something to balance up the food justice equation. Have a look at the ideas from Oxfam Australia
In my local community we are inviting the neighbours to an afternoon tea promoting the Eat Local Feed Global Campaign. As well as some tasty delights we will provide information and opportunities for those who want to join us on the campaign for food justice.
I work for an NGO which has recently opened up a “Pop Up Shop” where we sell fresh fruit and veggies sourced from our local Food Connect Brisbane. By providing organic and chemical free fruit and veggies we are also educating people about healthy choices. For those on fixed incomes and pensions, this is a new way of learning to budget that promotes food choices which support a healthy lifestyle.
Need some more inspiration to get you committed to food justice?
“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr., American Civil Rights Leader
“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead, American anthropologist
“When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
- Archbishop Dom Helder Camara of Brazil
“Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
- Anne Frank, Holocaust Victim
“I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one.”
- Mother Teresa
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