As world food prices soar, it becomes imperative for local communities to develop local solutions that they can implement, support and benefit for their sustainable livelihood.
The United Nations have declared 2012 as the International Agricultural Year of Cooperative as a key to feeding the world, supporting and investing in farmer and producer organizations. One step in achieving food security is to support and invest in farmer and producer organizations. Getting smallholders organized in cooperatives allows them to increase their food production, market their goods, create jobs and increase their own livelihoods, in all agricultural sectors, such as agro-industries, and fisheries.
Cooperatives are a good example of becoming self sufficient, eating fresh nutritious food.
Because the growth of the population is estimated to be over 7 billion by the year 2050, food and food security is a top priority for all governments and people. The World Water Day Campaign for Rio highlights the seriousness of the situation by creating World Water Week, which is August 26 to 31st, 2012. The goals are to create access to nutritious food for everyone, including:
Following a healthy sustainable diet;
Consuming less water-intensive products;
Reducing the scandalous food wastage: 20% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
Producing more food, of better quality, with less water.
Water is a major part of growing food, and address clean water is a basic right for everyone. Access to nutritious food is providing food security for everyone on the Earth.
Eating healthy is a nutritious option, and it can be fun one as well. Although consumers, when asked, chose healthy eating, their buying habits are not always in line with their responses. As issues such as diabetis, heart attacks, cancer and obesity increase, nutrition plays a vital role in the goal for healthier, fitter lifestyle.
Economics will play an important role for healthier choices, from all sides. Basics of a healthy diet gives a pictorial to help us grapple with ‘required’ servings. Look at your lifestyle and try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your eating today.
The Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (fao), motto is a world without hunger. and the focus for 2011 is food prices.
Food security is being addressed in communities all over the world, from collecting seeds to cooking nutritiously, including supporting buy local – farmers’ markets, community gardens. What happens when you don’t have those choices, relying on an unreliable source of food, buying it. You have a crisis: no money, hunger and rising food prices.
According to the World Bank, rising food costs in developing countries (2010 – 2011) have pushed more than 70 million people into extreme poverty. On World Food Day 2011, let us look seriously at what causes swings in food prices, and do what needs to be done to reduce their impact on the weakest members of global society.
Child hunger in communities in Canada have reached crisis levels. Seen as a developed country, how is it possible that we have so many hungry children. It is shameful.
Moving from crisis to stability, let’s look at ways to encourage growing food and teaching the basics of self sufficiency, because only then will we be able to have a stable community and a stable world.
According to Wikipaedia: A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively a group of people. There are many ways to operate a community garden, usually decided by the operating group or by the members of the garden.
Windfields Community and Teaching Gardens, is home to 27 allotments and 30 demonstration plots that grow peas, corn, tomatoes, radishes, beans, zucchinnis, cucumbers, beets, lettuce, okra, onions, carrots, leeks, peppers and pumpkins.
Research has shown that grown locally is more nutritious than food that travels for days.
Growing food in a community garden is a great way to try and learn about different types of vegetables, their cultural practices, care and how to eat them. Try joining and supporting your local community garden, grow your own food, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Youth volunteers help to weed and water the garden while having fun.