By Devon Ericksen
The Oxfam Action Corps is made up of volunteers in 14 cities across America who are working to change the way people think about food. By educating America about the best food choices to make and lobbying government on issues such as water conservation, food security, aid reform, and workers’ rights, the Action Corps is working towards Oxfam’s food reform goals.
One of the Action Corps’ newest campaigns is the GROW Method, which focuses on the small steps people can make towards creating a more equitable and sustainable food system. The campaign has five steps: save food, choose seasonal produce, eat less meat, support small-scale producers, and cook smarter. Saving food means planning meals and saving leftovers in order to use less. Choosing seasonal, local produce means consumers will reduce the energy needed to get fresh fruits and vegetables from farm to plate. Eating less meat and dairy means less water consumption and pollutants associated with each meal. Supporting small farmers will encourage sustainable, equitable practices in food production. And cooking smart means reducing heat and water use needed for each meal. By harnessing consumer power to reduce the energy, water, and monetary inputs in the food system, Oxfam’s goal is to help the planet sustain the food needs of its population.
October 16th is World Food Day, and Oxfam America is hoping to spread its message of food justice through social interaction. Sign up to host a dinner discussion and receive free recipes and material, share recipes on the Pinterest Grow Method Cook Book (tag your pin #GROWmethod), or share photos of your World Food Day meal on Instagram (tag them with #WFD2012).
What strategies do you use to reduce your food impact? Share them with us!
Devon Ericksen is a media and communications intern with the Nourishing the Planet project.
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