Kitchen Connection - United Nations Cookbook
Our food system needs fixing, and we are asking Civil Society to be a part of the solution. Food waste and other aspects of the food system contribute heavily to climate change, and symbiotically, climate change contributes to food insecurity. Economic injustices and gender inequalities are largely the reasons why some have too much to eat, while others have too little. Conflict and climate change are the greatest contributors to forced migration and displacement, also leading to increased food insecurity. Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic are a reminder of the importance of food safety, but increasingly, of the importance of responsible human interaction with nature.
The collapse of small to medium-sized restaurants due to the Pandemic, globally, threatens the international food landscape, prompting a homogenization of cuisines and a prospective shift towards “Big Food,” which is a threat to both human health and planetary health. Due to global lockdowns, people around the world are cooking at home more often, which is proven to be better for humans and for the planet, but there needs to be a clear UN-supported effort to direct people to eat in a manner that is sustainable: as much as science can teach us, culture has a tremendous power to do so, too, which is why we are asking Civil Society.
We are looking for recipes to combat some of these challenges for potential inclusion in the United Nations Cookbook. Of course, these can be recipes that individuals already have in their repertoire. We are looking for simple entrees or main dishes with ingredients that are culturally representative of your region but which can also be accessible internationally or with appropriate substitutes. The recipe should take a maximum of 45 minutes to prepare and cook.
Each recipe does not have to be all-inclusive but, we are looking for those that can improve our food system, for example, those that: encourage biodiversity, contribute to soil health, are plant-forward, can reduce waste, use less water, can be locally grown, have a high concentration of nutrients, and can boost the immune system.
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