World Environment day was established by the United Nations in 1972 to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and to encourage political attention and action. It is celebrated annually on June 5th each year. The United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa.
The theme of World Environment day is Think. Eat. Save. Focusing on sustainable for production and consumption. According the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount of food produced in the whole sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, one in every seven people go to bed hungry every night and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – THINK. EAT SAVE – encourages us to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices we make and empowers us to make informed decisions.