Now that 2013 is well on its way, we took a moment to reflect back on the resolutions we made earlier this month. If you had a chance to listen to podcast episode 209, you may recall Liz’s resolution to take better care of her skin (the biggest organ in the human body!) and Janice promised to get more organized (something she just may be able to pull off now that her kitchen remodel is history). As resolutions go, we felt there was room for a few more, so on this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast, we invited Danielle Nierenberg from Food Tank on the show to discuss 13 resolutions to change the food system — for the better — in 2013.
With Food Tank co-founder, Ellen Gustafson, this dynamic duo of food sustainability, cooked up 13 resolutions to address the nearly one billion world citizens faced with hunger and the more than one billion who suffer from the fallout from overweight and obesity. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the resolutions we chatted about during the show: (On a personal note, Liz plans to focus more on the issue of food waste in her own home kitchen and Janice is determined to get back to the daily habit of composting.)
1. Growing the Cities: Food production doesn’t only happen in fields or factories, it can also take place in cities.
2. Creating Better Access to affordable, nutritious food.
3. Cooking More at home and teaching youth how to cook healthy, nutritious food. Can we please bring back home economics!
4. Focus on Vegetables to help farmers in Africa and Asia grow high-value, nutrient rich vegetables.
5. Preventing Waste: About one third of all food worldwide is wasted in fields, during transport, in storage, and in the home.
6. Engaging Youth: Making farming both intellectually and economically stimulating to help make the food system an attractive career option for youth.
7. Acknowledging the Importance of Farmers and recognizing their importance to preserve biodiversity and culture.
Be sure to tune in for so much more and for actions you can take to improve our global food system.