Oxfam puts the focus on the global food system

The international development and aid organization Oxfam has put the focus on the global food system in its latest report “The Food Transformation: Harnessing consumer power to create a fair food future” (released July 2012).

Its introduction states: “Every time you open your fridge and food cupboards, you step into the global food system… Here, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, this system is not working properly. It is a system that leaves nearly one billion people hungry every day. It is a system that has led to over 50 per cent of the population in more than half of industrialized countries becoming overweight.”

Its recommendations include “getting into the habit of Meat-Free Mondays or similar”. In its “Beef in the balance” section, it states: “Meat production is putting a lot of pressure on our environment: it’s water-hungry and land-hungry, as well as creating greenhouse gas emissions. Each meat-free meal takes some of the pressure off our natural resources. As the world population grows, it’s also vital that global meat production is re-balanced.”

Other recommendations include saving food by planning our meals and saving our leftovers, supporting small-scale food producers, discovering what’s in season near us and “cooking smart” which means cooking with as little water as possible, using flat-bottomed pans, covering our pans with lids, and reducing the heat as soon as the water starts to boil. This saves energy, water and money.

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