World Food Day
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s theme for this year’s World Food Day is “Our actions are our future. Healthy diets for a zero-hunger world”. The theme is intended to raise awareness of obesity and increasing hunger around the world. Despite the growing hunger, hundreds of tons of food are thrown out every day around the world.
With this year’s theme, the FAO is focusing on two key global issues in the field of food and nutrition: obesity and increasing hunger. More than 670 million adults and 120 million youths aged from five to 19 struggle with obesity, and more than 40 million children under the age of five are overweight, while more than 820 million people around the world are hungry and chronically undernourished.
On this year’s World Hunger Day we should also remember the importance of bees: every third spoonful of food depends on bees: by pollinating insect-pollinated plants, honey bees make a significant contribution to crop cultivation, and bee products are a rich source of nutrients.
World Food Day will be celebrated with various events in more than 150 countries. In Slovenia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food in cooperation with the Faculty of Health Sciences, the European Centre for Peace and Development and the European Federation of Food Science and Technology are holding a conference, and an autumn market is being held in the lobby of the ministry, at which farmers from all over Slovenia will be presenting their produce.