This year’s World Food Day highlights how climate change has a huge impact on our food production, and how our food growing practices should adapt to these changes.
But what exactly is World Food Day and why should we care about it? World Food Day is not just a celebration of food, instead, the day is focused on raising awareness for issues related to poverty and hunger. The day is also recognized in more than 150 countries around the world in honor of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. Since then, the day has adopted a number of different themes each year to highlight relevant issues and provide a common rallying point.
Going back to this year’s theme of: Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too. Climate change is becoming more and more evident, and we may soon feel its effects in our Earth and way of living – if we aren’t already feeling it. Food security is one of the biggest issues related to climate change - and the first to feel it would be the world’s poorest – including the farmers, fishers, and basically food growers who would have to deal with the effects of rising temperatures and weather disasters in their way of living and work.
Some of us might say that we are not part of the food growers sector and are hence unlikely to feel the effects of climate change. But the sad reality is, what affects the food growers will sooner or later affect all of us, as everyone obviously needs food in order to survive and thrive.
To give you an idea on how climate change affects our food production and security, here are a few facts you need to know:
All these facts boil down to one scary truth: that climate-change will have a huge impact on our food production and security.
So what can we do in our own homes that could somehow alleviate food security – even if it is just to secure that we have a sufficient supply of healthy food in our tables? Here are a few ways how: