Has your child ever asked you where pineapples come from? Or perhaps rice? Or even asked about my favorite treat, chocolate. For me when a child has asked me that question, the answer was trees for pineapple, China for rice and cacao trees for chocolate.
Please do your child a favor and don’t stop there. Tell them how amazing food is and how amazing it is that we get to taste food from all over the world. But please also tell them about the little child on the other side of the food. Tell them about the family that works very hard to bring in their crop of pineapple, rice or cacao and does so very often for a small amount. Tell them that these families probably don’t have everything that we do.
Kids aside, how do you connect to your food? I know that a lot of us do not have money to help that child on the other side of rice the way we would like to. But I hope you can look for opportunities to help others and realize that we can. Many non-profits are realizing the benefits of social media that the grass roots movement. OXFAM is no exception and they have some wonderful options for us to take action and help end world hunger. Help that child on the other side of rice. Help them today.
Here is a link to the social media ideas page. They also have a bunch of recipes….
“About a third of the food produced for our plates ends up lost or wasted between farm and fork.”
I know that many of you, including me, love Pinterest. OXFAM America has created a Pinterest page full of recipes to help us decrease our food waste. Perhaps some of you are thinking, “I don’t waste food”. Whether you are one of those people or not, here is another fact for you.
“One pound of ground beef for your family uses more than 28,000 cups of water to produce—that’s enough to fill 20 bathtubs to the brim, and then some!”
So… I have headed to Pinterest. I have selected a recipe. And I will use any excuse to celebrate! Usually because my celebrations involve chocolate. Anyhow, I hope you will peek back on the 16th to see what we made and share what you did.
World Food Day, October 16
What is your favorite food? Can you find a recipe for it on the OXFAM Pinterest page?