In Oxfam's Hunger Banquet, guests draw lots to be "born" into a high-, middle-, or low-income part of the world based on World Bank Development Indicators.
- 15% with high-income are served a luxurious meal
- 35 % with middle-income get a plate of rice and beans
- 50 % (the world's poor) must glean small portions of rice and water for themselves; recent economic studies suggest that at least 1/3 of their food should be taken away and burned in a container marked "biofuel"
Catholic lessons A-R-T "Just eating"
Protestant lessons Food for the hungry
NatGeog: (Gr 10) compare 4 different food cultures and plan a restaurant for each. Also : cross-cultural assignments for other grades; (Gr 1-8) educator's toolkit: garden activities, nutrition, companion plants, living machine etc.
Foodtimeline: (Gr K-12) food history lessons.
Friends Testimonies on Economics (Gr 10-12) Vol. I "fundamental economic concepts" and "sustainable agriculture"; Vol. I "Trees as metaphor" for I=PAT, exponential growth in "The king and the wise man", eco-economics, markets and barcodes, Vol. III p.40+ "Population issues"
Are humans smarter than yeast? video on exponential growth
SOS Children's Villages: nursery school garden project in Malawi to meet the food crisis
UNICEF Canada's school-in-a-box food aid
Save the Children Canada School Link for international discussions
UN World Food Programme; its free educational game Food Force
Craig and Marc Kielburger's Free the Children; e.g. their project in Gansu, China.
Previous postings on food in this blog.
KAIROSCanada's Re-energize.org with resources in English & français
Advanced users can access FAO statistics country-by-country. as well as some aggregate data on food and agriculture that can be manipulated on site. See also agricultural production data, to select by country, continent or world; World Bank statistics and WB's World Development Report on agriculture 2008. More lesson plans on peace, environment and social justice - in English and French.