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WORLD WATER DAY: A far more meaningful cause than National Oatmeal Cookie Day

The week is pretty darn busy, given the nation’s celebrations of Oatmeal Cookie Day, National Chocolate Caramel Day, National Ravioli Day, California Strawberry Day and, National Chip and Dip Day and National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day.  Yeah… it’s a food-lover’s Christmas and Thanksgiving, rolled into a single highly caloric series of days.

Uh… woohoo?

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I think these so-called “food holidays” are typically a bunch of crap.  They’re worth a little more crap today, though, because the food holidays should be overshadowed by the recognition of a truly meaningful and worthwhile cause.

Today is World Water Day, an annual event first designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.  This year’s recognition was coordinated by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, and its theme is Water and Food Security: the World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry.  The official website explains the concept as:

There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.

When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure we cannot pretend the problem is ‘elsewhere’. Coping with population growth and ensuring access to nutritious food to everyone call for a series of actions we can all help with:

  • follow a healthier, sustainable diet;
  • consume less water-intensive products;
  • reduce the scandalous food wastage: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
  • produce more food, of better quality, with
  • less water.

If you’re interested in learning about the event, I’d highly suggest that you check out the official website for more information.  In a day and an age when many are looking for excuses to celebrate the most frivolous matters, it’s a stark reminder that many others are struggling to survive.

.. and don’t forget, next week we’re set to celebrate National Waffles Day.  /shrug

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PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, COMPETITIVE EATING AND WORLD HUNGER: when sarcasm and epidemics collide

Forget Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and Prince Fielder.  They’re amateurs. It’s long past time that the nation recognizes the heroic accomplishments of Joey Chestnut, Bob Shoudt, Gravy Brown and Eric Booker.

Forget about the upcoming tip-off of the 2011-12 NBA season, the looming NFL playoffs and the NCAA BCS bowl series.  They’re irrelevant.  We’re ready to enjoy unbridled feats of athleticism at the Isle Casino Racing Pickle Eating World Championship, the Wild Turkey 81 Eating World Championship  and the Jake Melnick Battle of the Bhut XXX Wing Eating Championship.

That’s right, folks.  It’s time for the populous to stand up and announce, in a collective and deafening roar, our growing appetite for the recognition of the sport of competitive eating.

I’m not really sure why the mainstream media hasn’t already realized that the nation stands ready to consume increasing coverage of Major League Eating http://www.ifoce.com/index.php.  Later today, the world’s greatest athletes will compete in the Martorano’s Masters Meatball Eating Championship.  The event, however, is being largely overshadowed by the presentation of the Heisman Trophy.  That’s just not fair.

Look, opinions prove subjective and open to interpretation.  Statistics, however, never lie Read more of this post

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