October 16th is National World Food Day!
Here are today’s five things to know about World Food Day:
- Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined.
- About one billion people in developing countries live in extreme poverty. Seventy-eight percent of them live in rural areas, where agriculture is the main driving force of the rural economy and, in some cases, of the whole economy.
- 60% of the hungry in the world are women.
- Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
- In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month
If you want to read more about the Think.Eat.Save food waste campaign, follow this link and get involved!
Today’s Food History
- 1829 The Tremont Hotel opened in Boston. It was the first modern hotel in the U.S. Rooms were $2 per day with meals included.
- 1939 ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ opened on Broadway.
- 1945 World Food Day. The founding day of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
- 1962 ‘Flea’ (Michael Peter Balzary) was born. Bass player for the music group ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers.’
- 1986 The largest northern pike weighed over 55 pounds and was caught in Germany.