10 Things To Know About Food On World Food Day

Food Day Chicago 2013 Thoughts While Completing the Chicago Marathon

14, 2013 A Walmart store in Paramount, Calif., Nov. 23, 2012. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images A couple of Louisiana Walmart stores will be stuck with most of the bill after food stamp recipients went on a colossal shopping spree when a power outage temporarily lifted their spending limits, state officials said today. Police were called to Walmart locations in Mansfield, La., and Springhill, La., on Saturday as shoppers cleaned out store shelves. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were pushing more food than any household could store in a refrigerator and freezer. “I saw people drag out eight to ten grocery carts,” Lynd said. One person hauled away more than $700 worth of groceries, the chief said. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services’ spokesman Trey Williams said the retailers who chose not to use the emergency procedures that limit sales up to $50 per cardholder during an emergency would be responsible for any additional amount spent over eligible benefit balances. Courtesy KSLA.com Shelves in the Walmart store in Springhill, La., were cleared Saturday, when the store allowed purchases on EBT cards that didn’t show limits. Following the policy clarification by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Walmart told ABCNews.com the incident was “isolated” and the company doesn’t believe it had any material impact to its U.S. business. The shopping frenzy was triggered when the Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down because a back-up generator failed at 11 a.m. EST Saturday during a regularly-scheduled test, according to Xerox, a vendor for the EBT system and based in Norwalk, Conn.

In India it is 24 percent, in Peru 14 percent. The world is in transition from an era dominated by surpluses to one defined by scarcity. Not eating at all on some days is how the world’s poorest are coping with the doubling of world grain prices since 2006. But even as we face new constraints on future production, the world population is growing by 80 million people each year . Water supply is now the principal constraint on efforts to expand world food production . During the last half of the 20th century, the world’s irrigated area expanded from some 250 million acres in 1950 to roughly 700 million in 2000. This near tripling of world irrigation within 50 years was historically unique. Since then the growth in irrigation has come to a near standstill, expanding only 10 percent between 2000 and 2010. Nearly a third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming, reducing the land’s inherent fertility. Future food production is also threatened by soil erosion. The thin layer of topsoil that covers the earth’s land surface was formed over long stretches of geological time as new soil formation exceeded the natural rate of erosion. Sometime within the last century, the situation was reversed as soil erosion began to exceed new soil formation. Now, nearly a third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming, reducing the land’s inherent fertility. Soil that was formed on a geological time scale is being lost on a human time scale. Peak soil is now history.

PHOTO: Shelves in the Walmart store in Springhill, LA

24. Earth Day has been around for 40 years so it is ingrained in the public psyche. Food Day has only been around for three years so is still in the process of getting traction. A lot will be going on at Daley Plaza here in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 24 in the name of Grow Real, Cook Real, Eat Real, Live Real . Building A Healthier Chicago ,The Red Meat Market, Artizone Chicago , SaveAntibiotics , Slow Food Chicago , the USDA FNS, the Illinois Hunger Coalition will all be involved among others. The events will be focused on raising people’s awareness as well as the school children attending of the value of a vegetable grown with good seeds. Come to Daley Plaza between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see butchering demonstrations, raw food, Indian food, learn how to cast a fishing rod, learn about good versus bad seeds. As I kept to my mantra of one foot in front of the other, just keep moving, I was appreciative of the fact that I could at least participate and that I wasn’t in a hospital undergoing chemo or in a hospice like my mother who has since passed away. This year’s Chicago marathon taught me humility and showed me how so many different types of people from all walks of life and countries could get together and share a unique activity, running/walking through the neighborhoods of Chicago and be supportive of one another in the race. Good food, like running, brings people together.