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Are your daily food habits contributing to world hunger?

Anna Silverman

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. Do you practice any of these principles? Have any advice for how the rest of us can improve our daily food habits?

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  • Chris Gregory

    I would also just like to mention for those with a sweet tooth, please stop buying chocolates from the big factories and start buying chocolate from fairly traded organizations. More than 50% of the chocolate in the products from the large corporations is acquired through child slave labor. Check-out "Dark Side Of Chocolate" if you care.

  • Chris Gregory

    While I completely understand the health and environmental aspects of eating a whole food plant based diet, I also understand that becoming a vegan isn't something easily done and won't happen within the 1st year or two unless I'm facing a life threatening diet-based health issue. In the meantime, I've cut back significantly on my dairy and meat, only eat organic foods and buy most of my produce from the farmers market and make sure the stands I visit aren't resellers. I will only eat ethically raised meat and only do so a couple times a month, be cautious about eating non-GMO soy as an may contain a high amount of pesticides. Being from Wisconsin originally, I'm a big cheese lover, however, now, I only buy cheese that was made by local farmers who allow the calves to remain with their mothers throughout their entire nursing stage. I have completely switched to Almond Breeze and Silk Almond milk to substitute for cows milk and I will NEVER switch back (besides it being so much better for you, it tastes so much better).

  • baileydisher

    Does anyone know of a good app/website that helps determine what fruits/veggies are in season by region?

  • Hannah Wasserman

    I don't eat meat and I trryyy not to eat too much dairy. Unfortunately, I really like cheese, so my solution is to just not buy it at the store. I'll get it when I go out to eat (which is rare)-- so that's my compromise!

    I also try to go to the farmers market at least once a week. It ensures seasonal buying from small farmers AND it's fun :).

    • Jen Chiou

      I'll also start trying to go to the farmers market-- I've just been lazy about walking further. The produce from there also tends to last longer than what's from the store, so that's a bonus.
      Btw- I read the report in the link and it is so terrible that 1/3 of all food produced for people's plates go to waste-- ridiculous!