One Young World On Food Revolution Day 2012Fri 08 Jun 2012
Story by Nicole Green
Never before has what we eat been so heavily debated, with the spotlight often shining on young people. Whether it is the environmental impact of the dietary choices we make, or their effect on our own well-being, the issue of what food we eat and how we consume it is a concern which has political, social and environmental implications for us all.
One Young World Counsellor, Jamie Oliver, is a passionate champion and campaigner for healthy eating, dedicated to improving the public’s attitude to food, so we can all make a conscious decision to stay healthy and to help the environment.
This year, Jamie and his foundation projects in the UK, US and Australia launched "Food Revolution Day. It was a chance for people around the world to come together and share ideas, talents and resources for healthier diets. Aimed at schools, restaurants, and local businesses, Jamie’s aim was to inspire communities to take action and improve education about food.
He said: “We need to get back to basics and start thinking about where our food comes from. We need to become a conscious community and understand the food choices we make on a daily basis. We can do this by improving food education."
Food Revolution Day Inspired Youth To Stand Up For Real Food
All around the globe, ‘Food Revolution Day’ inspired change with the aim of tackling a global problem. Our One Young World Ambassadors were keen to get involved and together they hosted events in Benin, Bolivia, Canada, Georgia, Kenya and Romania. Here’s an insight into a few of their events:
In Oruro, Bolivia, ‘Food Revolution Day’ encouraged street vendors to change their menus from fried foods saturated in fat, to healthier, locally sourced vegetarian options.
In Rustavi, Georgia, seminars were held in local schools on the importance of a healthy diet in order to tackle the growing obesity problem.
In Nairobi, Kenya, talks were held on why food education is so important for a healthy community, with the aim of providing the genesis of a food revolution.
In Lasi, Romania, webinars on ‘Sustainable City Food Policies’ were held in order to review how further action can be taken to improve diet.
Some of our Ambassadors also helped to run a stall for the Food Revolution Team at the Great Googa Mooga Festival in New York City, whilst some of us were lucky to join a special supper club above Fifteen, where the menu was based around real food. All of these events were designed to bring food back to the forefront of social debate and to provide education to the benefit of all.
At this year’s One Young World summit, in Pittsburgh, between 18-22 of October, Jamie Oliver will join us once more to talk about these food issues, bringing them to the fore front of the international agenda.
Nowhere outside the Olympics is a delegation of as many of the worlds youth brought to a single event. With the inspiration provided by the Food Revolution Team and One Young World, a conscientious effort to tackle obesity can be taken and implemented in the representative’s own countries for the benefit of future generations.
About the author: Nicole is a consultant at Seven Hills and a former journalist, having trained at City University postgraduate school of Journalism. She has worked as a reporter for titles including the Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Scotsman and regional publications across the UK
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