Every year on 16 October, the UN celebrates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The ambitious aim of this fledgling organisation was to free the world from hunger and malnutrition through better management of the planet’s food supplies.

This year the theme for the celebration, which takes the form of more than 150 events across the world, was climate change. How a changing climate needs to be matched with a change in food production.

With higher temperatures and rising water levels, the world’s poorest are quickly succumbing to loss of food security and growing population means we all could experiencing similar issues as demands outgrows supply.

It seems a dire prediction but with the sustainable and sensible management of food systems, this worrying trend can be halted. And the good news is that you can be part of the solution.


Do more

Buy sustainable fish species like Pollock, Whiting and Mackerel. Discover more here: www.mcsuk.org/.

Buy from local farmers or create your own small holding.

Reduce your intake of meat and avoid mass-produced livestock products. Here’s a great guide to finding the best UK meat: bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/native/how-buy-best-british-meat.

Don’t over buy, food waste is a huge contributor to decreased food stocks.

Grow your own, you don’t need much space to cultivate a thriving veg patch: www.growveg.co.uk/guides/how-to-plan-a-vegetable-garden-a-step-by-step-guide/.