Twelve Ingredients for a HungerFree World
We might not all be diplomats, aid workers or world leaders, but we’re convinced that a hungerfree world is possible and takes all of us!
Here’s what we’re cooking: A planet brimming with nutritious food available to all and a brighter future for the 795 million people who are currently food insecure.
How can you help? We’ve gathered 12 unique ingredients - things you and your community can do daily - that celebrate nourishing food while taking care of the earth and sharing with the most vulnerable in our global community. Together we can move towards a hungerfree world where everyone has a seat at the global table.
You Are What You Eat
1) Care about nutrition
It’s not about the quantity, it’s about the quality. When we make good decisions about what goes into our bodies, we are able to celebrate foods that not only support our muscles, eyesight, and mental health, but also advocates for good nutrition around the world.
2) Eat sustainably
Add foods to your diet that support the earth. Beans are among the best sources of plant protein on the planet, which sustain your energy, and are critical to sustainable farming systems for adding nitrogen and organic matter back to the soil.
3) Understand the full costs of eating junk food
There’s a reason it’s called junk food. It isn’t just unhealthy for our bodies, it’s unhealthy for the planet. From the wrappers, to the straws, to boxes and bags, fast food packaging counts for about 40 percent of all litter.
4) Grow your own herbs, fruit and vegetables
Planting a garden is not only great for the earth, but you get fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs! It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
Know Your Impact
5) Aim for zero food waste
A third of all the world’s food, about 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted each year. Did you know that eggs are good for three to five weeks after their expiration date? And for vegetables that wilt in the fridge, try soaking them in a bowl of ice water, and watch them crisp back to life.
6) Compost food scraps
Healthy soil = Healthy plants to eat! By transforming our food and yard waste into compost, we are depositing precious nutrients back into the soil.
7) Use reusable kitchenware & reduce plastic consumption
We love using things like handmade cloths to cover food and washable cloth napkins, instead of paper or plastic products. And it’s a great way to add some personality to your kitchen!
8) Be conscious of where your food comes from & how it travels
The average family basket has travelled 2,000 miles before reaching your plate, putting a lot of additional carbon into the air. Reduce your carbon footprint by eating local when possible.
9) Buy produce from local farmers
Farmers are superheroes. Eating closer to home not only reduces the transportation costs, but supports the farmers who are working towards sustainable production.
10) Share meals & cook with others
Dinner parties are even better when shared with family, friends and your new neighbour! Whatever you choose to make, we’re positive it will taste better together.
11) Explore your community & volunteer
In every community, there are people experiencing hunger to some extent. You can make a very real impact by supporting and volunteering with your local food bank, soup kitchen and other hunger related programmes.
12) Purchase fair trade goods
More than a fashion statement, it’s a heart statement! When you buy fair trade you’re saying, “What I buy matters and affects someone, somewhere.” Buying fair trade ensures that farmers and workers receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
These are just some of the ways you can be a part of the hungerfree movement. But like any good recipe, we hope you feel empowered to make it with ingredients that are right for you. Bon Appetit!
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