Tomorrow is World Food Day, and to celebrate, why not have a Grow Dinner? What is that? Well, many of you probably eat this way already, and many of you are probably pretty close to doing it whenever you prepare your own meals.
This year my wife Jill has been a co-lead for the Oxfam Action Corps NYC, and one of her goals for October is to have 1,000 Grow Dinners around the country. I’m asking you to participate and help her reach that goal.
Grow Dinners do not have to be parties, it can be you and your spouse, or roommates, or even a meal for one (with leftovers for later in the week!). All you have to do is follow these 5 principles:
- Reduce Waste - Save leftovers (or make less food), compost, recycle, you know what this means.
- Support Small Scale Food Producers - Use food that is fair trade, such as grains produced by small scale farms in developing countries, or from your local farmer’s market, such as produce from local small scale farms.
- Cook Smart - For example, save water and energy by using lids when boiling water and turning down the heat as soon as it boils.
- Buy Seasonally - Buying produce that’s in season means it wasn’t shipped from a different hemisphere!
- Eat Less Meat and Dairy - You don’t have to eat a vegetarian meal (though I would encourage it), but meat doesn’t have to be the centerpiece of the meal. Eating less meat reduces your carbon footprint.
In order for us to count the meal as a Grow Dinner, take a picture of your meal and send it us along with your email and the names (and if possible, emails) of everyone that participated. You can simply send me a Facebook message. Yes, you will be added to the Oxfam America email list, but like any well managed email list, you won’t receive too many emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Or, stick around and learn some things.
I also encourage you to discuss these five principles with the everyone at the table to help spread the word. Consider using some of the resources linked below to print out the five principles. Make sure everybody understands that what they are eating is helping make a difference in the fight for food justice. It’s simple, everyday choices like these that, when made by more and more people, can truly bring about positive change.
Here’s Jill’s blog post for more info:
And here’s the official page for Oxfam’s Grow Campaign: