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Here’s How Canada Is Marking World Food Day Today
October 16, 2013
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“In a world of plenty, no one, not a single person, should go hungry. But almost one billion still do not have enough to eat. I want to see an end to hunger everywhere within my lifetime.”

That's United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking out about the state of hunger around the world at the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil last year. Every year, the UN sets aside October 16 as World Food Day to draw attention to food security issues (it's the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization), and this year's theme is "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition."

We thought we'd share some the small and large events that Canadians in nearly every province and territory are organizing to mark the day:

  • Yukon: The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition is hosting a conversation about local food safety issues in Whitehorse to help kick off its Poverty and Homelessness Action Week. Find out more »
  • British Columbia: For its ninth annual World Food Day celebration, the Richmond Food Security Society is hosting an event at the Richmond Public Library which will include children's activities, booths with information about health and food security and free food samples. Find out more »
  • Northwest Territories: In Yellowknife, the YK Playgroup, a drop-in group for parents and pre-schoolers, is talking about food and sharing and making crafts to match (they'll also accept canned goods instead of the usual fee). Find out more » 
  • Alberta: The University of Alberta's Sustainable Food Initiative is throwing a World Food Day Mixer at the student union lounge on campus, featuring locally sourced snacks and local beer. Find out more »
  • Saskatchewan: The Saskatoon Food Bank And Learning Centre is inviting the public to come take a tour of its facilities and think about what a more sustainable and environmentally friendly food system might look like. Find out more »
  • Manitoba: Food Matters Manitoba, a charity that "engages Manitobans towards healthy, sustainable and fair food for all," is giving out its annual Golden Carrot awards to recognize food champions across the province. Find out more »
  • Ontario: In his capacity as the UN World Food Programme's Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger, George will take part in a panel discussion in Toronto to explore how business leaders can help create a sustainable global food system. Find out more »
  • Quebec: The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue is hosting a conference on food security with talks by entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue area. Find out more »
  • New Brunswick: Really Local Harvest and New Brunswick Food Security are both marking the day by inviting people to read up on this year's theme, Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. Find out more »
  • Nova Scotia: The Food Action Research Centre at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is screening the Occupy doc "Occupy Love," followed by a discussion on food, globalization and creating change. Find out more »
  • Prince Edward Island: The PEI Food Security Network and the UPEI Applied Sciences Student Society present a screening of "Diversidad: A Road Trip to Deconstruct Dinner," a documentary about young Canadians attempting to raise awareness about industrial agriculture. Find out more »
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: The Good Food Challenge, hosted by the Food Security Network, is "challenging NL to take action to build a healthy and sustainable food system." The idea is to take a pledge (like "I will talk to 10 people about food issues"), post it on social media, and share it with people in your network. Find out more »

Do you know about a great local World Food Day event? Let us know in the comments.

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