Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage Ceylon Today Features
With the ongoing pandemic, people all around the world have been given a chance to truly appreciate the things we cherish and our most basic needs. When you’re stuck at home with nowhere to go, you can’t help appreciating something we all need but not everyone has; food.
It is said that a human could survive for up to three weeks without food. Even so, each and every one of us would start feeling the pangs of hunger even after skipping a meal or two. Also, you should remember that just as your parents say, skipping meals isn’t a good idea for growing children.
Food is more important than you may think. Our lives, communities and even cultures rely on food. It is also one of the most critical things to consider when trying to survive, while being in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is why it’s important we recognise the need to support Sri Lankan farmers who provide the food we eat. Farming takes long hours of effort, patience and risk. However, none of us can live without their priceless contribution towards providing the food we eat every day.
With COVID-19, farmers are in danger and need our help more than ever. There is also the rising problem of global hunger. As the number of people on earth increases, farmers have to find ways to feed more mouths without harming the environment.
World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October in order to call on everyone around the world to band together and find solutions to the many problems we face in the world regarding food. As we are all preparing ourselves to live in this ‘new-normal’ lifestyle, we have to take time and rethink the way to look at food if we want to make a better world for tomorrow.
Here are some things you can do today to be a part of this movement.
Wasting food is a bad idea and something all of us should avoid. Start with your own self and make it a commitment to not waste food. If you do have to throw away food, use it to make compost instead of giving it to the garbage collector.
Why not celebrate World Food Day by exploring what other people around the world eat. Talk with your parents and use the internet as all of you learn about countries around the world, the customs of their people towards food and the interesting meals they eat.
By eating food sourced from inside the country and in your neighbourhood (if you can), you’ll be saving fuel used to transport food around the world while supporting the many farmers whose fruits of labour you are eating.
Spread the word
Other people should have the opportunity to learn more about World Food Day and the importance which we should give to food. Share what you learnt with friends and family and help increase awareness of the importance of protecting our food sources every day.
Let us grow, nourish and sustain the food needs of the world together.