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World Food Day

November 23, 2013
Vegetables photo by Marc Roberts via Flickr.

Photo by Marc Roberts via Flickr.

by Alexandra J.

On October 16th, people all around the world celebrated World Food Day (WFD). It is celebrated on this date, because the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was started on this date in 1945. The purpose of WFD is to raise awareness of poverty and hunger. WFD is celebrated in more than 150 countries.

Montclair students participated in WFD by bringing in produce that was harvested from their gardens or their neighbors’ gardens. The theme for World Food Day this year was “Sustainable Food System for Food Security and Nutrition.” Our system of getting food onto people’s plates is very complex, so people are looking for ways to improve it. Growing your own garden is a sustainable way to produce food. If a neighborhood doesn’t have a grocery store, the people who live there can have their own produce from their gardens without worrying about pesticides and waste. They can also share their food with others. This system is good for the environment and for the people.

WFD helps children learn about our food systems and how they affect the world.

For more information about World Food Day, visit www.worldfooddayusa.org.

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