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Food Week of Action and World Food Day

 

Healthy Soils!

Sunday, October 11-18; October 16 (World Food Day)

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Our faith calls us to work for a world where everyone has sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food! And those who produce and prepare the food are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!

The Global Churches Week of Action on Food (October 11-18) is an opportunity for Christians and others around the world to act together for food justice and food sovereignty. It is a special time to raise awareness about farming approaches that help individuals and communities develop resiliency and combat poverty.  We are called also to examine our food choices and call for policy changes that will ensure the right to food for everyone.

A woman with a baby farming

Food Week of ActionSunday Oct. 11 through Sunday Oct. 18 – includes World Food Day (October 16) as well as the International Day for Rural Women (October 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).  Download the printable flyer here.

SOILS is the focus for this year’s Food Week of Action.

  • Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production.
  • Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle.
  • Soils support our planet's biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total species.
  • Soils store and filter water, improving our resilience to floods and droughts.
  • Soil is a non-renewable resource; its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future.

Agroecological farming (see Agroecology) builds up the soil and increases the nutritional value of food grown in it. Farmers practicing the sustainable practices of agroecology should be getting greater assistance with research, agricultural extension and financial support. Instead they are being told to adopt the seeds and practices of industrial agriculture and to grow for large or export markets. Smaller-scale farmers are being pushed off their lands by policies such as these and by land grabs around the world.

According to the FAO, nearly 90% of the estimated 570 million farms worldwide are family farms, 83% being small farms measuring 2 hectares or less.

Small- and medium-scale family farmers, who practice agroecology and own their land or have long-term tenancy, are the caretakers of the soil, the land and our ability to thrive. They serve as the primary preservers of traditional food and seeds, the land and ecosystems, and cultural heritage while contributing to local economies.

Learn more about our International partners and their involvement with World Food Day.

Let people near and far know what you have planned for October, the Food Week and/or World Food Day!  Fill out the easy form below to get the word out.

See what others are up to around the U.S. and world.


Faith in Action!

World Food Day Logo

2014 Priority Actions

1) With Farmworkers!  Urge the EPA to pass revised, strengthened Farmworker Protection Standards now.
2) With Family Farmers!  No more secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership and TAFTA and stop Fast Track legislation so family farmers and democracy are not hurt!
3) With Food Workers!  Support the Fair Minimum Wage Act!
4) For Climate Justice!  Global Climate Negotiations coming in 2014 & 2015. Learn about climate & food/farm connections andjoin with the movement to curb emissions and reduce fossil fuel use. Learn here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and take action here.

 


Actions and Activity Ideas

 

  1. Worship. Organize a church service during the week. PHP’s own Bryce Wiebe has created the liturgy this year. Find it and other materials through http://bit.ly/foodweek2014. You can also draw from past worship materials available below
  2. Watch and learn: Check out the 11 videos people made for the Real Food Media contest- http://vimeo.com/user13324578. Also do a search for food + justice on youtube.com and see what you find.
  3. Share your food story with a captioned photo, video or written social media post (e.g. YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), using the hashtag #myfoodstory via @e_alliance and @presbyhunger.
  4. Get your hands in the dirt: Plan a church or family trip to your nearest farm to learn more about where your food comes from and the steps involved in getting what’s grown to your plate. Consider starting a community garden. How to and other ideas here: bit.ly/phpfoodfaith
  5. Celebrate local foods and knowledge: Organize a community fair that showcases local food producers and shares the stories of farmers and people involved in food justice.
  6. Explore your faith and your food: Select a food-related biblical passage and share with your church study group or family what it means to you. See the curricula and faith-based Bible study guides below.
  7. Eat what you preach: Organize a church or community dinner and encourage people to bring dishes prepared with local produce. If ingredients are not local, people can be encouraged to read food labels so that they know where their food is coming from. Labels for dishes can share the source of food, and conversation can be encouraged about changes seen in local food growing and buying, and why these changes have occurred.

Let us know what you are doing for World Food Day or the Food Week of Action by emailing Andrew.

 


Worship and Theological Resources

Girls clapping2014 Food Week Liturgy

World Food Day Prayer
(from the Presbyterian Hunger Program)

Sample Sermons for Inspiration
The page includes the winning sermon by Rev. Dr. Randall Bush, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA, who was the guest preacher at the Food Week of Action worship service at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 17 October 2011. Read his sermon, “Fields of Gold” (Ruth 1:22-2:7).

Food for Life: A Theological Paper
Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, 2011

See the EAA website for additional worship, education and action resources.


Educational Materials

Girls eating vegetablesFrom Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

FEATURED 2013 REPORT:  Seeds of Success

2012 Action Resource Guide: The Promise of Agroecology
2-page info and action inserts for regions around the world, including the United States insert, are available here

2011 Action Resource Guide: Food and Land
(also PDFs in French, Spanish)

2010 Action Resource Guide: Food and Gender
(also PDFs in PDFs in French, Spanish)

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance - Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agro-ecology: This draft discussion document presents the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance’s views and recommendations for Rio +20 on the need for further recognition of the full range of benefits of agro-ecological methods of food production and the support that is needed to use them on a wider scale.

Other Sources

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development:  IAASTD Fact Sheet: The IAASTD, a major international scientific report, concludes that in order to feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most effective and sustainable farming systems, and recommends a shift towards agro-ecology as a means of sustainably boosting food production and improving the situation of the poorest people and communities.

Food Films from Community Economies: Several contributors list and describe their favorite food-related films. You can also view some short videos on food and sustainability at Media That Matters. 

For home

Waste Tracker: This handy download from EAA can be put on your fridge or near your trash. Pick a family member to be the Waste Buster, and record how much (if any) food was wasted each day. At the end of the week, your family could discuss ways to reduce waste and other options for disposal, such as composting.

Food Quiz: How much do you know about your food? Take this fun 10 question quiz from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and try it out on others.

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