World Food Day

Do something in your community today to acknowledge World Food Day, October 16th!

Oxfam’s GROW campaign is rolling out five easy ways for people who care about hunger to help. Trying any of these principles, and encouraging your friends and family to as well, could make a real impact and help address the problem of millions of people that still don’t have enough food on their plates. Learn it. Teach it. Share it. Cook it. Eat it. Tweet it. Post it. Blog it. ‘Like’ it!

Read more and get involved!: http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/

Global Hunger

870 million people around the world live in hunger. By 2050, demand for food is expected to increase by 60 percent. Also, by 2050, the number of people at risk of hunger as a result of climate change is expected to increase by 10 to 20 percent. Higher temperatures are expected to reduce crop yields, allow damaging weeds and insects to spread, and shift precipitation patterns worldwide.

Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That’s one child every five seconds. In 2008, nearly 9 million children died before they reached their fifth birthday.The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty. About 75% of the world’s poor people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood.

The United States is the wealthiest nation yet 14.5 percent of U.S. households—nearly 49 million Americans, including 16.2 million children—struggle to put food on the table. The Food Stamp Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the National School Lunch Program, and 12 other nutrition programs are run by the U.S., but is this enough? About half of all American children will receive SNAP benefits at some point before age 20. Among African-American children, 90 percent will enroll in SNAP before age 20. 51% of Americans will live in poverty at some point before the age of 65!

What are your thoughts/comments on this?

For more information:

http://grist.org/news/un-global-hunger-not-as-bad-as-we-thought-but-its-still-bad/ 

http://www.bread.org/hunger/us/facts.html

Integrative Nutrition, Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness

A few quotes from Integrative Nutrition, Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness. These are great, and so true!

“We live in an era of “time poverty,” where we’re caught in a constant state of “hurry sickness.” We consume massive amounts of caffeine to speed us up, eat fast foods to save time, work while eating to stay productive, but we never catch up. It is possible to shift these behaviors.” 

“America is a great country. We have the security, freedom and lifestyle desired by many people around the world. But Americans are overweight, unhappy and unhealthy. Every year healthcare costs increase while overall health decreases; people continue to eat poorly, gain weight and depend on medications and operations to maintain their health.”

“Every day, 2,500 Americans die from cardiovascular disease, such as coronary heart disease,
heart attacks and stroke.”

“We get more prescriptions and less guidance on how to create long-term health. We spend an exorbitant amount of money on medications and operations while virtually nothing is spent on prevention, education and holistic health.  Medical experts are basically saying, “Live it up, do what you want and when you get sick, we’ll give you a magic pill that will make it all go away.”

“The disparity in government funding points out an awkward truth about the USDA: what it urges people to eat does not match what it pays farmers to grow.”

“What I find so curious is that with all the money we spend on medical bills and pharmaceuticals each year, our life expectancy is nearly the same as Cuba’s. To be exact, life expectancy in the United States is 78.0 and in Cuba it is 77.1. How is it possible that with all the money we spend on doctors’ visits and medications our life expectancy isn’t decades beyond Cuba’s, which spends next to nothing on healthcare?”

“American fast-food restaurants are sprouting up worldwide. McDonald’s announced its plan to open 700 new restaurants in China by 2013.”

“In one way or another, almost all the sources of information we would expect to support our quest for overall health are contaminated for reasons of financial gain.”

“The success of stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s and the incorporation of organic sections at Wal-Mart illustrate that consumers are concerned about their health and the quality of their food. When individuals, like you and me, stand up for improving our own health, things do change.”

For more information: https://s3.amazonaws.com/integrativenutrition/Publishing/IntegrativeNutrition2ndEdUpdate_PDF.pdf