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Action Alert: Ash Wednesday "Fast for Life"

16. January 2013

    Fast for Life! Focus on food waste and injustice on Ash Wednesday

    The latest research reports detail shocking evidence of injustice when it comes to that most essential element of life: food. While almost 1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry, obesity has increased 82% globally over the last two decades1 and as much as half of the food grown is wasted because of post harvest losses and market and and consumer behaviours2.

    All of us are implicated in this injustice, and Ash Wednesday (13 February), a day of repentance, is a perfect opportunity to reflect on our consumption patterns and on global food waste.

    The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance invites you to "Fast for Life" as an individual, family or church to reflect and take action where we can to ensure more sustainable and equitable food production and consumption.


    Worship and Bible Study resources, action ideas, and links for further study and discussion are available at Fast for Life Resources.

     
    • Read the reports in the learning section and discuss with your family or church group the issues that most affect your community and country.
    • Plan a worship service on Ash Wednesday combining a focus on food, consumption, hunger and waste with the imposition of ashes (2013 liturgy will be posted soon)
    • Start monitoring your family's food waste with our "Waste Tracker" and see where you can make changes to reduce the amount you throw away.
    • Share best practices in reducing post harvest losses and market and consumer waste on our Global Good Practices Map!

    Let us know what you are doing on the Food for Life Facebook page or by emailing ccampeau@e-alliance.ch


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1edition.cnn.com/2012/12/13/health/global-burden-report/index.html

2www.imeche.org/knowledge/themes/environment/global-food



The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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