Today is World Food Day. This is taken directly from their website. Go there.
Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1979, World Food Day, October 16, was first observed in 1981. Organizations around the world mobilize advocacy campaigns and events on October 16 to strengthen the political will to end hunger. World Food Day offers the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food security and agricultural development.
The United States has a long history of collaborative action against hunger on World Food Day. Since its inception, the day has been observed in the US to create solidarity among groups working to end hunger and to educate thousands of people, young and old, about the roots of global hunger and the multi-faceted approaches to end it.
Central to U.S. observances for the first 30 years was the annual World Food Day Teleconference. Each year the teleconference featured world leaders and renowned experts in a wide range of fields including agriculture, economics, nutrition, environmental science and human rights. These panelists addressed key questions facing the international community in the fight against hunger. The teleconference was broadcast to hundreds of universities across the nation and students had an opportunity to ask questions directly of the panelists, having studied and prepared in advance through a themed study packet.
In addition to the teleconference, a network of 450 organizations have taken action in their own ways to showcase models of success in food security and to highlight what more needs to be done. Today, building on the success of the first 30 years, this World Food Day network is collaborating in new and innovative ways to make ending hunger a priority for all.
Canada has long been host to a number of World Food Day observances from large conferences to smaller community events. These groups are now joining with the US groups to form a more unified North American network.
If only we had the political will, we could eliminate extreme hunger from the planet. It is the greatest atrocity of our time that we have the solutions to end the suffering of nearly a billion people, but not the will to do what is necessary to enact them. Join the members of the World Food Day network and take action this October 16 and year round to make the basic human right to food a reality for everyone.
The theme for 2013 is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” So here is my contribution. I am alarmed by food waste. It is estimated that worldwide 40% to 50% of edible food is discarded or never makes it to market. In the US, 50% is a reasonable estimate. This is an appalling statistic. I try not to waste food at all. I am creative with leftovers, I keep the refrigerator lean, and I use everything. When I had a house in New York I had a compost bucket. Peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds went into it and eventually fertilized my garden. Now I live in a high rise apartment in Buenos Aires with no garden. So I cannot compost. But I still have a stock pot. Every good cook needs a stock pot.
The Stock Pot
Have a big pot reserved as your stock pot. I mean big – 12 quarts (12 liters) or bigger. It should be heavy stainless steel. It will take time to mature. You need to dedicate it to its task. Also dedicate a place in the refrigerator where it can sleep at night.
Half fill the pot with water. Then toss in everything and anything – bones, peelings, scraps of all sorts. All your skins go in – onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes. All the carcasses from chickens and bones from stews and roasts. I mean EVERYTHING. Boil it all up for several hours. Then keep adding. Like a fine wine it matures over time.
Boil the pot once per day. Refrigerate overnight. This becomes your great reserve. Use the stock for gravies, soups, stews. Add water daily as you use up the stock.
Once in a while you need to clean out and start fresh – tragic moment. Scour the pot well, and start again.