Celebrate World Food Day by Going Meatless Monday and Eating Local

October 16th, 2017


Today is World Food Day and one of the best ways to celebrate is to eat local. It seems like the opposite would be true, but supporting local markets is a great way to put money back in the pockets of farmers around the world. It’s also a great opportunity to make a great plant-based meal this Meatless Monday!

We didn’t plan for World Food Day to fall on Meatless Monday, but why not go with it? There are so many reasons to support local farmers on World Food Day. Here are some of the most important ones:

• Local farmers are more likely to grow a variety of foods, representing biodiversity and reviving plants that are endangered. That means more flavors and a bigger menu of fruits and vegetables!

• Eating local is a great economic choice for local farmers who follow best environmental practices. Buying their products is great for the local economy and healthier for everyone.

• Buying food that is available locally means less shipping. That means less fossil fuels used to produce and transport food.

In case you needed more incentive to eat locally on World Food Day, Slow Food is giving you another:

Beginning today, you can enter the Eat Local Challenge to win a trip to Turin, Italy! Consider it a bonus for doing something great for the world’s farmers. Visit Slow Food to enter to win and accept the Eat Local Challenge!