World Food Day
LET'S INVEST IN A CULTURE OF VALUE AND WORK TOGETHER TO GROW, NOURISH AND SUSTAIN A JUST FOOD SYSTEM WHEREBY ALL CAN THRIVE.
Every Day has to be World Food Day
The future of food is in our hands
Did you know...
More than 3 billion people cannot afford a healthy diet,
About 2 million people are overweight or obese due to a poor diet,
The world's agri-food system currently employs 1 billion people,
The world's food systems are currently responsible for more than 33% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions,
14% of the world's food is lost due to inadequate harvesting, handling, storage, and transit, and 17% is wasted at the consumer level?
The future of food is in our hand.
Let's Take Action for Better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life.
World Food Day, Every Day Calendar
by Food for Soul & Refettorio projects from around the world
We have filled this annual Food Day calendar with monthly tips and resources to keep your kitchens sustainable and help us save food from waste. Looking ahead we will be populating the calendar with fun facts and global days you can take action. Browse the calendar and follow our main events live!
World Food Day 2020
“I really hope we will soon be able to implement a system that enhances relationships, respectful of the processes, of the individual products and, above all, of the people. The act of cooking as well as that of feeding oneself must become an ethical choice, not just of taste. Let’s start asking us where our food comes from, what its past is, but also how we see its future. It’s important to be resourceful with ingredients, not be wasteful, to have respect for the food that we prepare but also the food we eat daily. When we change this mindset, we can get the most out of the energy and resources that go into producing our food system. We can invite innovation and processes that are not only ethical but healthy and equitable for people and the planet.”
Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.
Our actions are our future.
Our food system depends on each of us.
This World Food Day, join the global movement to create a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system for all. Take action wherever you can - at home, work, school or in your community - to raise awareness, share ideas and empower others to understand the value and interconnectedness of our food system.
We have the greatest opportunity to transform these challenges into opportunities that will offer a new set of sustainable practices and holistic networks. The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a set of unified goals to achieve, full of actions to eradicate poverty, hunger, isolation and inequality.
THIS WORLD FOOD DAY LET'S INVEST IN A CULTURE OF VALUE AND WORK TOGETHER TO GROW, NOURISH AND SUSTAIN A JUST FOOD SYSTEM WHEREBY ALL CAN THRIVE.
To celebrate and raise awareness, our partner UNEP will be looking for your
inspiring Kitchen Memories to share on social media that can help get others
to take action and make better choices for our environment and food system.
By sharing "Kitchen Memories" from our Family and our Refettorios we invite people to share memories, tips and ideas from their kitchen that help promote and take actions of sustainability for the health of the planet and well-being of people.
THINK. Wasting food is often a subconscious act. You might think it's not something you do, but check out these facts and you'll realise there's so much food going to waste, some of it might actually be coming from you!
EAT. Take inspiration from our recipes, follow the tips from our chefs and share your kitchen memories with us.
SAVE. Help us achieve SDG's Goal #12.3, commit to an Act of Change and Love for people and the planet and inspire others around you to do the same!
Think. Eat. Save.
Think.Eat.Save, is a partnership between UNEP and FAO contributing to the Sustainable Food Systems Programme of the One Planet Network, to raise awareness of global and local food waste and how to reduce its impact.
We hope to be a place of inspiration, where you can Learn, Share, and Act, starting in the kitchen - cooking with love, for people and the planet.
How can we take action?
All of us can take small steps for Poeple and for the Planet:
A healthy diet contributes to a healthy life. When we choose to eat diverse foods, we encourage a variety of foods to be produced. This is not only healthier for our bodies, but heathier for soils and our environment because a diverse diet favours biodiversity!
Whenever you can, support food heroes by buying locally grown fresh food, such as from a farmers’ market in your community. In doing so, you are helping smallholder farmers that produced the food, your local economy and you are encouraging crop diversity.
Food loss and waste can occur throughout the food system, once it arrives at your table – you can play your part! Learning how to store uneaten food properly for another day’s meal is one way to avoid wasting perfectly good food.
What does it mean to become a Food Hero?
A healthy diet contributes to a healthy life. When we choose to eat diverse foods, we encourage a variety of foods to be produced. This is not only healthier for our bodies, but heathier for soils and our environment because a diverse diet favours biodiversity.
Why digital technology represent a key asset?
Digital technologies are key to transforming the way food is produced, processed, traded and consumed and building more resilient and robust food systems. They have the potential to close the great digital gap between developed and developing countries, cities and rural areas, men and women, young and old. But digitalization is a distant reality for over 3 billion people in the world who lack access to internet, most of whom live in rural and remote areas.
How to become a Food Hero
Choose healthy local and seasonal food
a) Whenever you can, support food heroes by buying locally grown fresh food, such as from a farmers’ market in your community. In doing so, you are helping smallholder farmers that produced the food, your local economy and you are encouraging crop diversity.
b) Did you know that you reduce your carbon footprint when you buy produce that’s in season? When food is out of season in one part of the world it has to be imported and travel a long way before it arrives at your local market. Eating seasonal food can also be riper, tastier and more nutritious.
Learn how to grow food at home, on a window sill or in a grow box
a) If you have a green space at home, access to a garden, or a balcony with space for plant pots, you can learn how to grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. You’ll learn a lot about how food is produced and grow your appreciation for all the work that goes into cultivating produce.
Respect food and the environment by wasting less
a) Food loss and waste can occur throughout the food system, once it arrives at your table – you can play your part! Learning how to store uneaten food properly for another day’s meal is one way to avoid wasting perfectly good food.
Practice Good Food Hygiene
a) Food Hygiene, otherwise known as Food Safety can be defined as handling, preparing and storing food or drink in a way that best reduces the risk of consumers becoming sick from the food-borne disease.
b) Hand washing accounts from 33% of all related food poisoning cases. It is therefore important to maintain good personal hygiene practice. This is something we are taught early in our childhood, yet hand washing is still a critical problem in the kitchen
Support your local community to help reduce food insecurity
a) By supporting development initiatives, such as school meal and nutrition programmes in your local community, you can raise awareness about the importance of eating well and promote healthy eating through education.
b) Everyone can be an activist and put pressure on governments, private sector businesses and decision-makers to transform our food systems by making healthy food options more enticing, available and accessible; providing decent employment and protection; and sharing innovative technologies.
Kitchen Memories from our Refettorios
Here are some examples of tips and recipes from our Refettorios:
"Tomato and sardine pasta"
By Refettorio Felix
This recipe of 'Sardine and tomato pasta' by Refettorio’s Head Chef Clio evokes memories of childhood with her family in the sunshine.
"Yucatecan fried pumpkin"
By Refettorio Mérida
'Yucatecan Fried Pumpkin’ is a special dish for people in Mérida, as "it is part of the traditional culinary options of every Yucatecan mother. The taste, smell and texture spread the memory of the mothers and the whole family sharing a meal together."
"Minestra Maritata" with potato peels
By Refettorio Made in Cloister
“'Minestra maritata’ with potato peels” is a recipes from the Neapolitan tradition - “one of those recipes that can make you feel at home, and it is an extraordinary feeling.”
"Parmentier de viande"
By Refettorio Paris
This delicious “Parmentier” has been prepared with leftover meat but, as the Chef of the Refettorio pointed out, “the recipe can be adapted with other vegetables and vegetables scrap - it is perfect because it allows you to clean the refrigerator."
By Refettorio Lima
Diego Munoz and Refettorio Lima shared some suggestions on how to join forces for a better future.
By Refettorio Antoniano
Every Monday night, the careful hands of Johnny prepare freshly-baked bread for guests and volunteers, inviting them to sit together around the same table.
Kitchen Memory from
Action 1 - TAKE ACTION
Explore what tips and tricks you can incorporate into your daily kitchen routine. Read the "Sustainable Tips in the Kitchen: a better future starts at home" in collaboration with
Sustainable tips in the kitchen: a better future starts from home
Climate change - Seasonality and KM 0
By choosing food products from your area, you help promote a sustainable development model that enhances local resources and promotes the purchase of 0 km products. You will have fresh seasonal products at low costs thanks to the significant reduction in transport and the pollution generated by these: according to scientific studies, a family that consumes local and seasonal foods can save up to 1000 kilos of carbon dioxide, with a lower impact on the planet.
Wildlife extinction: Home composting
Preparations in the kitchen always generate large quantities of leftovers. A smart and responsible way to reuse waste, is to transform it into natural compost. Starting with a simple bin with a lid, you can build your composter on the balcony too: equipped with soil, expanded clay balls, two nets for the inner sides and the bottom of the bin and dry leaves. You will obtain an excellent ecological fertilizer for the garden!
Oceans: Buy fish in a conscious way
Litter: Collect and differentiate
Always remember todifferentiate the different types of waste produced at home: separate collection gives a big hand to the environment, allows less waste and the reuse of still valid materials. Maybe you don't know that the receipts and greaseproof paper are to be thrown in the undifferentiated, as well as the shells of mussels and clams; used napkins and handkerchiefs will instead go into the wet as they are vegetable fibers.
Food chains: Recycling as a modus operandi
Recycling is the basis of a sustainable lifestyle. It can concern both household items that have exhausted their usefulness in their main job (for example jars, canned goods, cans, plastic bottles, to be transformed in a creative way), and foods and ingredients (for example peels, stems, pods and waste food, to be used for alternative and tasty dishes).
Action 2 - JOIN THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT
Action 2: Join the Global Movement
Help us achieve SDG's Goal #12.3, commit to an Act of Change and Love for people and the planet and inspire others around you to do the same!
Put your chef's hat on, take inspShare, share, share! Post your creations on social media using the hashtag #CookingIsAnActOfLove and #KitchenMemories or tagging Food for Soul, invite your friends and loved ones to submit their own recipes and help us spread the love.
Submit your recipe with a picture and the story behind it, tell us why Cooking is an Act of Love for you, and we will share it here for everyone to enjoy it.
Share, share, share! Post your creations on social media using the hashtag #CookingIsAnActOfLove or tagging Food for Soul, invite your friends and loved ones to submit their own recipes and help us spread the love.
Action 3: Get Involved
Take inspiration from Massimo Bottura's Passatelli in broth or from the many recipes from Bread is Gold and become a more conscious consumer and cook.
Become a volunteer
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Share with us your Kitchen Memories and tell us about your act of love for people and the planet.