There are 7 billion people in the world. 1 billion go hungry every day. In 2050 there will be 9 billion people. By then, food demand will have increased by 70%. How many people will go hungry then? The irony of the situation is that 80% of the people who don’t have enough to eat are involved in food production. They make the food, but they don’t get to eat it. On the other side, 1.3 billion tons of good food are thrown in the garbage each year. The world’s food system is broken. How can it be fixed?
Oxfam International (17 organizations working in 90 countries) proposes the GROW Method. The campaign’s motto says:
“Grow. Food. Life. Planet.”
It has 5 parts:
- Reduce food waste; more than 1 billion tons of food are thrown every year; it is an unbelievable waste considering how many people can’t feed themselves on a daily basis; better food planning and utilizing leftovers could make a big difference, long-term.
- Consume seasonal food; by buying seasonal food, you contribute to cutting gas-emissions
- Consume less meat and dairy; just one meat-less day per week can reduce considerably the amount of water used in developed regions
- Support local farmers and products; buy products with a Fair Trade stamp on it, signifying the product comes from small farmers world wide
- Cook smarter; cooking with as little water as possible or reducing the heat once boiling starts are just 2 of the small things you can do to save both energy and money
This program is designed for ordinary people, with clear rules that anyone can follow. Each person can contribute to improving the food system, by doing small actions on a daily basis.
For more information visit Oxfam’s website: http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/method