If you're reading this, it's likely you've heard about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. In 2015, nearly 200 world leaders committed to work toward 17 SDGs in a collective effort to end extreme poverty and achieve sustainable growth. In particular, Goal 2 has the laudable benchmark of ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture by 2030.
Celebrating World Food Day this year is an opportunity to look beyond our own table to examine the critical issues of providing food for every living person on the planet every day of the year. Those in the food system typically tackle this problem by figuring how much more grain can be grown on an acre of soil or how much more food can be processed and preserved in an hour.
Sunday, October 16 is World Food Day, and this year's theme is "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too." The relationship between agriculture and the environment is the crux of much of Heifer International's work in the field.