The UN General Assembly embraced on 21 December 2016 its goals A/RES/71/246 and assigned 18 June as a worldwide recognition, Sustainable Gastronomy Day. The choice recognizes gastronomy as a social expression identified with the characteristic and cultural diversity of the world.
What is Sustainable Gastronomy?
Gastromy refers to the art of food. It involves cooking in different styles from different regions. Whereas, sustainability is an idea that is done in an unwasteful manner.
Sustainable Gastronomy, therefore, implies cooking that considers where the ingredients are from, how the food is developed and how it gets to our business sectors and in the long run to our plates.
Sustainable Gastronomy Day recognizes gastronomy as a cultural expression identified with the natural and cultural diversity of the world. It additionally reaffirms that all societies and human civilization are the givers and vital influencers of sustainable development.
It likewise brings out the need to concentrate the world’s consideration on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. Owning to its inter-links with the three components of economical growth, in accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals by advancing:
- agricultural development
- food security
- sustainable food production
- conservation of biodiversity
Sustainable Gastronomy Day can be celebrated in many ways. 1500 nations observe this day. This year one can celebrate like:
- Try not to purchase more food than you need.
- Reuse food by fertilizing the soil and changing over unused nourishments into jams or sauces.
- Shop privately grown vegetables and natural products.
- Purchase from small and nearby providers who utilize or advance reasonable horticulture methods.
- Utilize the whole of the food you have available with yourself.
- Be aware of what is in your vegetable cabinet and use it before it becomes stale and spoils.
- Make lunch to take to work — manure food scraps.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN General Assembly work to facilitate the observance of Sustainable Gastronomy Day.
It is in collaboration with the Member States, UN organizations and other international and regional bodies, as well as civil society. They observe the Day in raising public awareness of its contribution to sustainable development.
UNESCO has initiated different projects:
- Launching the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, created in 2004 to share best practices and develop partnerships in 7 creative fields. As of 2020, 26 cities have been designated Creative Cities of Gastronomy
- Promoting clean energy for local restaurants (use gas and electricity instead of coal, use natural gas rather than carbon)
- Raising public awareness of sustainable gastronomy through TV food channels and gastronomy shows. Also, through food cultural exhibitions, intended for the food industry and farmers.