What are you doing this World Food Day?

Blogs, Campaigning for change article written on the 09 Oct 2013

With World Food Day (October 16) fast approaching a number of Oxfam supporters are preparing their Eat Local Feed Global activities. Eat Local Feed Global is held from the 12th to the 20th of October to increase awareness about injustices in the global food system and raise money for Oxfam’s life changing work. Register to take part now.

By Julia Boyle

World Food Day (October 16) is fast approaching. And I’m getting excited about the dinner me and my friends will be hosting for Eat Local Feed Global to discuss the range of things we can do to support a more ethical and sustainable food system. You can join Eat Local Feed Global by sharing some food with friends between October 12– 20and raise some money and awareness to reduce global hunger.

It’s easy to understand how many of us become disheartened and apathetic about the overwhelming inequities that characterize the global food system. One in eight people still go to bed hungry each night in a world with enough food to go around. Many of us feel powerless to change the status quo and don’t realize the influence we possess, and can use, to insist on better corporate behavior and a fairer future for people going hungry in developing countries.

Yet change at the grassroots level is already happening. People are increasingly opting to support locally produced food and in the process reducing their environmental impact. Fairtrade is also being adopted by an ever increasing number of companies who have listened to consumer demand to ensure that local producers get a fair deal for their wares and that the benefits go back to the community. Local communities around the world are also adopting more ecologically farming techniques to tackle hunger and lessen the impact on the environment.

Many of my friends have discussed with me their desire to do more to support a fairer system but have been a little unsure of where to start and exactly what they can do. Oxfam’s Eat Local Feed Global has provided me with the perfect opportunity to discuss these issues with my friends. It’s also a nice excuse to flaunt your cooking skills (or lack thereof) and have a stimulating conversation, all over a nice bottle of red and some food!

Julia Boyle is studying agriculture at university and support Oxfam GROW campaign.