It's World Food Day. Join us in taking a moment to focus on food and nutrition.
Some thoughts we've shared previously here on NVR...
From our travels, we know all too well about poverty and the unrelenting strangle-hold it has on millions of people around the world. Heck, this reality accounts for a big chunk of the motivation behind our No Vacation Required life. We owe it to those living in despair – the ghosts of society – to live a full life and to be a voice for them along the way.
We think of our inspirers from where we volunteered in South America who are lucky if they get one meal a day; we think of our “family” in Zambia that had never had a meal away from home until we met; we think about the fact that one in seven world citizens is chronically hungry.
Yep, a billion people are chronically hungry despite an over-abundance of food in parts of the world. Right now, here in the United States, a record number of people (about 46 million) are using food stamps. Disturbingly, this comes at a time when our home country also has a record number of millionaires.
You read that correctly. We have a record number of people relying on food stamps in order to live and a record number of millionaires.
By about 2050, there will be around 9 billion people on the planet. We need a better food system – one that more effectively feeds a growing population.
Over a meal during the week ahead, get to thinking about your relationship with food. Ponder the following on your own or with your dining companions.
- Where does your food come from?
- Who is the face behind your food?
- How is the global food system connected?