Jamaican Mommies by Shanoy Coombs: From Jamaica; for the world
Its #WORLDFOODDAY Hurray!! #WeAllLoveFood #Foodie #FoodFest #NomNom and the countless hashtags associated with our food pics shows a universal love for food- well pruned, cleaned, packaged, eye pleasing and ready for consumption. We also love having the food that we love-available in the quantities required, but did you know that Food in the right quantities and right quality is a luxury for many persons across the world?! Even more do you know that our consumption patterns, food storage, usage and general food choices do have a great impact on our health?!
Indeed, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) State of Agriculture report for 2013 reveals some startling statistics:
The overarching issue is that the consumption of too little or too much food are linked to issues of Hunger and Malnutrition. Yet many are unaware that even while consuming the right amounts of food, persons can be malnourished without knowing it.. How is this possible you ask? When your nutritionist says “Eat a VARIETY” of foods, it was never meant to be an old wive’s tale. In fact, this slogan points to the need for families to consume the right quality of food-food which nourishes the body and provide well needed energy. Still confused? This may help…
With issues of Hunger and Malnutrition in mind, the FAO has rolled out World Food Day celebrations under the theme “Healthy People depend on Healthy Food Systems: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” with three distinct messages:
What’s more everyone of us has a role to play in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. At a personal level we can take a difference by:
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