World Foodless Day

Food activists and local farm groups are stepping up protests against sky-rocketing food prices, as more and more people are facing shortages, not only in "developing" or what used to be called "Third World" countries. Here in Tokyo, NGOs including Consumers Union of Japan will organise a forum, Another World Food Day, to discuss a wide range of current food problems and solutions. In the United States, World Hunger Year (WHY) holds an event at Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City, in partnership with Food First, National Family Farm Coalition, Grassroots International, Agricultural Missions, Pesticide Action Network of North America, Small Planet Institute, Food and Water Watch, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, Rainforest Action Network and others.

Step up to the Plate: Ending the Food CrisisJoin WHY and their partners at the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union for the national launch of an urgent Call to Action to end the food crisis.

Learn about the real causes and solutions to the crisis from special guests:

* Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and founder of Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA
* Frances Moore Lappé, best-selling author of Diet for a Small Planet
* Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
* Ben Burkett, president of t the he National Family Farm Coalition
* LaDonna Redmond, president of the Institute for Community Resource Development
* Pat Purcell of the United Food and Commercial Workers union
* Shari Rose of the Brooklyn Rescue Mission
* Leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

All over Asia, events will be held on October 16, as part of the World Foodless Day, organised by Pesticide Action Network of Asia & The Pacific (PAN AP). Activists from Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development note:

The current food crisis affecting the world is the latest calamity to hit the rural women and other poor and marginalised peoples in every developing country. The price of rice, wheat, soy, corn and other staples has skyrocketed. This year, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that 850 million people do not get enough food to eat in the world. Three-quarters of them live in rural areas, mainly in the villages of Asia Pacific and Africa, and seven out of ten are women and girls.

Why October 16? This is the official World Food Day held by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization: an opportune time to send a strong message of food sovereignty and highlight consumers’ strategies to address the food crisis. FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on October 16, the day on which FAO was founded in 1945.

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