Soon there will be nine billion of us on the planet. Our societies must grow to meet our needs, so we can put enough food on the table for everyone. We can grow more food more fairly and more sustainably. We can press governments and companies to take urgent action to reform bad policies, to preserve scarce resources and share them fairly. We've got a lot of plans, but we're also all ears. Because GROW has space for all of us to share ideas and views about better ways to grow, share and live together.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.
Did you know that doing simple things such as reducing food waste to preserve precious resources, supporting small scale farmers, cooking smarter by using less water and energy, buying in season foods or try growing your own, and eating less food & dairy to reduce water use & greenhouse gases make a greater impact than you can imagine?
This is all new to me but I'm doing my best to read up & do what I can. But so far, in just one meal, I applied some of the principles. I used less water, didn't make meatballs and made sauce from my own home grown tomatoes and made sure to cover the pot when making spaghetti the other night. I'm going to continue doing what I can.
October 16 is World Food Day. Acclaimed chefs Jamie Oliver, Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, and Aarti Sequiera generously contributed a recipe that corresponds to a principle of Oxfam’s GROW Method. Check them out here & see if you'd like to make one for World Food Day! Yes, small things like how you make your dinner can help world hunger. I already decided on making the Skillet Chilaquiles – I can't wait!
For a a more in-depth look at the problems affecting our food system, be sure to read up more here and to help with any questions and answers that others may have about the GROW method, click here for a discussion guide. To learn more about the Grow Method, be sure to check out the Oxfam website or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.
Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a compensated program initiated by Women Online/The Mission List to raise awareness about Oxfam America's GROW Method. All commentary and opinions are, of course, my own.