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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

World Food Day

We have been sharing World Food Day since October 16, 1981. It is the celebrated efforts of people, organizations and governments to aid in the quest against world hunger. October16, is also the anniversary of the forming of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. "Let there be bread" slices away at the need for education and efforts to recognize the malnutrition and diseases caused by the lack of food. The incorporation of bread as the motto of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations seeds the international committee of 150 nations, including the United States in a worldwide holiday designated as World FoodDay.

The full person does not understand the needs of the hungry
Irish proverb
  • Hunger: noun-discomfort caused by a need for food, starvation, a desire for food, any strong desire...
  • Hunger: noun-desire to eat, deprivation of food, strong desire
  • Hunger: noun-a craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrient, an uneasy sensation occasioned by the lack of food, a weakened condition brought about by prolonged lack of food

World Bread Day '07
Not a deed would he do,
Not a word would he utter,
Till he's weighed its relation
To plain bread and butter.
James Russell Lowell,
American poet (1819-1891)

Why are there so many people in the world going hungry? Most of us can only imagine what it would be like to feel the pains of hunger. I once had a nibble of its effect in my own personal life. Perhaps, by choice but none the less, I have a better appreciation of eating from a diverse perspective. Since I am deathly afraid of the dentist due to a frightening experience, it took me months longer then it should have to get a very bad toothache fixed. The weeks passed as I unwillingly had to exist on mashed potatoes, oatmeal and other such soft foods in order to get nourishment. I realize this is a very trivial association but it had an effect on me as I watched others dine on steaks, chops, lobsters and other teeth grinding meals. I lost about 12 pounds which probably could be seen as a positive effect although I am about average in height and weight. I would make light of my reasons for prolonging the visit to the dentist as it was my way of dieting. Inside, I was starving! I suppose most of us have lived through times when our diets have been restricted for one reason or another, whether it be medical, religious, social or planned reasons. Frustration and impatience in the amount of time of restriction becomes unyielding. Close your mouth, then your eyes, and feel the aches of hunger. Imagine a grain by grain existence in tantalizing pain.
When I eat your bread, I sing your song
German proverb

World Food Day provides us with the window of awareness for improvement. Bread baking is such an eye opening experience in itself. The wonders of the expanding yeast, the progressiveness from grain to loaf. In the unity bread we implore all of our senses. Perhaps, World Food Day is an opportune time to get in touch with others who share in the desire to slice away at hunger one knead at a time.
All Sorrows are less with bread
Cervantes

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