World Food Day at UBCO
October 16, 2020
World Food Day was founded by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945 to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and to inspire solutions for world change.
This year, UBCO is recognizing World Food Day by supporting its mission to improve agricultural productivity.
Environmental degradation, loss of agro-biological diversity, food loss and waste, and a lack of food security are only some of the issues that underline the imbalance within our global food systems. UBCO is committed to supporting innovative solutions based on scientific evidence so we can make food systems more resilient and robust, and deliver affordable, sustainable healthy diets for all.
Why It Matters
people worldwide do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food.
Approximately 14% of the food produced for consumption globally each year is lost before reaching the wholesale market.
If our food systems are not transformed, undernourishment will greatly increase by 2050. The consequences could worsen due to income inequality.
Intensified food production, combined with climate change, is causing rapid loss of biodiversity. Currently, only 9 plant species account for 66% of total food crop production.
What UBCO is Doing
All week leading up to World Food Day, we will be showcasing one of UBCO’s many initiatives to promote food sustainability, reduce food insecurity, and lessen our collective impact on the environment when it comes to food procurement, consumption and waste. See the squares below to learn a bit more, and check back in every day as we update this page with stories from our campus and community.
Packaging is an important component of food sustainability and the health of our environment. Compostable products are defined as biodegradable and non-toxic. They break down into water, biomass, and carbon dioxide within 90 to 180 days of disposal. In addition to their ability to completely break down, they also disintegrate into the compost with nothing left behind. So, not only is composting safer to human and environmental health, but it basically leaves behind no negative effects whatsoever.
UBCO Food Services is committed to being more mindful of the impact of food waste and food packaging waste in our serveries, on our campus, and in our communities. We are offering less single-use plastic by way of cutlery and straws, and offer compostable take-out containers and cutlery options.
If you’re looking for ways to avoid unnecessary or single-use packaging, consider shopping from bulk bins or zero-waste grocery stores, looking for packaging that is biodegradable, and using reusable containers and cups when possible.
What You Can Do
There are lots of ways you can support the missions and values of World Food Day – every day!
Consider plant-forward meals
Meat production and food transportation are major contributors to climate change. Consider plant-forward meals, or 50/50 protein options.
Support local growers, and consider purchasing food items produced locally within the Okanagan. Farmer's Markets are great places to shop.
Students in residence can email the dietitian with food or nutrition questions.