15 October 2020

World Food Day: Why We Celebrate It?

There are tons of holidays out there that are happening throughout the year that many people are not aware of. While we all remember those big holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween, do you know when World Food Day is? For 2020, World Food Day falls on October 16th. What is this holiday all about? And how can you celebrate? Find out.

Why do we Celebrate World Food Day?

World Food Day is not about celebrating all the delicious food out there. This is the date that people honor the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which happened in 1945. This organization is all about ensuring food security throughout the world.

In fact, many people view this day not as a celebration but a day of awareness. This is the entire UN comes together to make people aware of those who go hungry every day, and ways in which you can help. It also encourages a healthy diet for everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, location in the world or income levels. Raising awareness is vital to the success of the programs that are out there to ensure that people are not going hungry, as this is something that those who have never experienced tend to dismiss.

How Much Food Does the World Eat in a Day?

Most people don't think that they eat that much. However, if you take into consideration how much the entire world eats in a day, you are going to find that it can be alarming how many pounds of food is eaten every day.

A study in 2014 stated that the world consumes more than 11 million pounds of food in just a minute. So, take that 11 million for one minute and multiply this by 60, and you get 660 million pounds of food in one hour. For an entire 24 hour period, you are looking at over 1 billion pounds of food in one day.

With these stats, why is World Food Day a real thing? Many people think with that type of food consumption, there really shouldn't be hunger in the world. However, there is a lot of waste among those that are eating this food, and when you look at poorer countries and areas throughout the world, their access to good foods is greatly diminished compared to privileged areas. So, before you to decide to snack on that extra piece of cake, remember that somewhere in the world, there are people going to bed hungry.

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