From trendy to change - World Food Day

Today is World Food Day.

A very worthy cause, described with this purpose:

The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

The focus this year is on the need for agricultural cooperatives:

It has been said repeatedly that we have the means to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. What is needed is the establishment of an enabling environment that allows small producers to take full advantage of available opportunities. Strong cooperatives and producer organizations are an essential part of that enabling environment.

Now, I’m no farmer, economist, or global forecaster, but this sounds good. In a world so often dominated by competition and individual success, cooperation (not corporation!) is a breath of fresh air. I would venture to say, the more cooperation the better!

And then I wonder, what can I do?

One practical response is to join the growing trend and eat local. Why not give the 100-Mile Diet a try! These ideas and movements force us to ask how our food is produced, where it comes from, and how our food acquisition affects those around us, both locally and globally. All important and complex issues. And if you need some stronger motivation to change your habits, watch Food Inc!

I will admit, eating local is trendy. Me blogging about eating local is trendy. But what would happen, as events such as World Food Day dare to hope, if what’s trendy became an actual trend? What would happen if trends, such as eating local and agricultural cooperatives, led to concrete change in our world?

I hope I’m not just trendy.

And so today, let’s consider our part in world hunger. And turn trendy into change. 

"Lord give bread to those who hunger, and hunger for justice to those who have bread.” 

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