C-MASC and Dr. Lal would like to observe World Food Day with the following message:
Food is the most basic of all human rights. Yet, almost 700 million people globally are food insecure, and an additional 80-130 million may become prone to hunger through the pandemic crisis. The problem of food insecurity is not just in some distant far away corners of the world: as many as 40 million in the U.S., and 1.7 million in Ohio, are food insecure, of which 0.5 million are children. Even one child going to bed hungry is one too many. The problem is often related to accessibility to nutritious and safe food. Thus, strengthening of the local food production systems; by promoting home gardens, community gardens, and urban and peri-urban agriculture; is critical to enhancing access to fresh and healthy food during the pandemic crisis. As Mahatma Gandhi said:
"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."