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Today, 16 October is World Food Day. Did you even know that was a thing? And although it might be a moment to celebrate the food we eat, it’s also a good moment to stop and think about the people who grow it.
Millions of people who produce our food work for poverty wages, often in awful conditions. Women face lower pay, insecure contracts and harassment at work. And too many of these farmers and food workers don’t even have enough to eat themselves.
But it doesn’t have to be this way; within our lifetime, we can create a world where no one will have to live in extreme poverty or work in degrading, inhumane conditions. Change is possible – and like our knives and forks – it’s in our hands. If we join together as shoppers, farmers and food workers across the world we can force food companies and governments to listen.
Momentum is building. Just last month, supermarket chain Lidl announced it would sell only Fairtrade bananas in its 3,000 stores in Germany. And more than 230,000 people from 108 countries have already joined the call to end human suffering in our food. This pressure will help push supermarkets worldwide to honour the hands that harvest our crops.
So today, on World Food Day, let’s keep that momentum going.
Enjoy these quotes on food, hunger and changing the world - and share them with your friends to inspire them, too.
Dolores Huerta is a labour organizer and feminist from the USA. With Cesar Chavez she co-founded the United Farm Workers Union to stand up for farm workers’ rights.
Over more than 50 years she has led and won countless struggles for union rights, better wages and working conditions, and women’s rights.
Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of farm workers in the US, many of whom were migrants working in terrible conditions and facing discrimination. As co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, he used nonviolent tactics like boycotts, and strikes to focus attention on the problems faced by farm workers and win important rights.
Martin Luther King needs no introduction. As well as leading the civil rights movement, he spoke out against hunger and poverty in the US and beyond.
Finally, a quote from anti-apartheid revolutionary and former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela. His actions and his words continue to inspire people across the world.
Feeling ready to help end human suffering in our food?
You can start by taking action here www.behindtheprice.org. What are you waiting for? :)
This entry posted on 15 October 2018, by Georgi York, Public Campaign Lead - Oxfam's GROW campaign.