World Food Day

Since the 20th century, the development of industrial agricultural practices, food production has undergone a radical transformation. With machinery, pesticides and biotechnology, food supplies have increased and become more affordable but there have also been consequences – ecologically, socially and health wise.

October 16 is World Food Day. It is celebrated around the world in honour of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is also marked by organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

To mark this day, we invite you to watch this video to find out about some farmers and grassroots organisations in North Carolina who plan, manage and implement sustainable farming programmes in their communities.

Oak’s partner is the Conservation Fund, which works with these smaller organisations to help promote awareness about sustainable living and to reduce barriers to people gaining access to healthy farm produce.


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