Yesterday was World Food Day and “Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth!” is the theme selected by United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for this year.They have recognized Family Farming as an important measure to eradicate hunger and poverty and is urging governments to take initiatives to help the small scale farmers.
I read many articles and saw many posts yesterday which made me think a lot. As per predictions, by 2015 we will have 9 billion people in this world. How we feed these people is going to be a very big challenge. At the same time regardless of whether your country is a developed or a developing one there is massive scale waste.I was looking at our office cafeteria the other day and realized with sadness that an enormous amount of food that is thrown away daily. This food just ends up in garbage dumps and is not even given away to stray starving animals in shelters. I have often tried to get them to separate the food so that we can give to some animal shelter but no one really is interested and I am looked at like some crazed woman.
For us to have this food countless amounts of animals are reared and slaughtered and so many people work very hard to farm and harvest at great cost to the environment and even our own health with the use of chemicals and pesticides. It is disgusting to see the way people serve amounts that they cannot possibly consume just to throw away. How many times have you seen piled up plates at the buffet table and then the waiters clearing away most of it uneaten? How many times do we take a servings of everything just because it is free? In the meantime there are millions of staving people on earth and thousands die daily due to hunger.
I think what each of us can do is be more mindful. I think the old tradition of saying “grace” is a beautiful one and we should always take a moment to be thankful for what we have received. Whether you pray to a God or not is not the point. But be thankful to everyone and yourself for being able to afford this meal.
Don’t be greedy
Respect and be thankful for the beings who has died to give you this nourishment
Take what is only needed
Give to others