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Local food, Global impact

Posted by Kat Hobbs Activist Support Officer, London and south east

31st Oct 2012

kat in a foodcycle apron

I went down to the Foodcycle annual general meeting to meet some of their volunteers, and find out more about food poverty at home and abroad. What makes people hungry? And what does hunger mean in the UK?

One cold Sunday in October I went down to the FoodCycle AGM to meet some of the volunteers who are using their food power to change the world- starting right on their doorsteps. The idea behind FoodCycle is simple, yet revolutionary. We know that roughly a third of our food gets wasted between farm and fork, yet every day people go hungry. FoodCycle tackles food waste and food poverty at the same time by using food that would otherwise be wasted to cook delicious, healthy and low-cost meals for vulnerable people in their local communities. 

As part of the Oxfam GROW campaign for a fairer food system, we talk a lot about the power of thoughtful people to change the world. FoodCycle is a great demonstration of this, and reminds us how interconnected our food system is. Food poverty and hunger aren't just issues which affect people 'out there'- they're on our doorstep. Around one in five UK households is affected by poverty, and food banks are springing up all around the UK. 

The issues which are driving up rates of hunger across the world are big issues- among them climate change, land grabs, financial markets gambling with our food, a lack of support for small farmers. But there is one simple factor which decides who goes hungry. Power. How much power you have in the world decides whether you sit down to a full plate or whether you go hungry. 

We live in an unequal world, and it's up to us to change that. That's why it's important that we all use our food power to make practical differences. There are lots of ways to use your food power. You can buy local, eat less meat, support fair trade. You can support projects like FoodCycle, and join campaigns to for a fairer food system. But whatever you do, don't wait. 

Blog post written by Kat Hobbs

Activist Support Officer, London and south east

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