Know what’s truly scary? Although edible plant types number in the tens of thousands, only 9 crops make up two-thirds of the world’s food harvest: corn; potatoes; rice; sugar beets; sugar cane; soybeans; wheat; oil palms and cassavas. Even scarier: sources of sugars make up 1/3 of that 3rd!
Agricultural experts warn this lack of biodiversity in the food supply is a risk to food security – especially during these challenging and difficult times.
Today is the 75th anniversary of World Food Day. 2020’s theme: Grow. Nourish. Sustain. Together.
But this year’s World Food Day is no ordinary day.
It comes as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic – a global scourge that has exposed the fragility of our agri-food systems; threatens to push millions more into hunger; has made many of us rekindle our appreciation for food security: what some take for granted and many go without; but has also provided an opportunity to transform an agri-food system that is out of balance. world food day 2020
As the World Food Organization (United Nations) suggests:
Everyone across our food sector plays an important role in ensuring nutritious food is available – but you can make a difference too! Consumers are more than just eaters; you also have the power to influence what is produced through healthy food choices, which in turn contributes to more sustainable food systems. Here’s a list of everyday actions to become a food hero and make healthy food part of your lifestyle: world food day 2020
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Become one of the #foodheroes today, and 364 “un-world-food-days” of the year!