Bloggers Address Food on Blog Action Day 2011

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Each year on Blog Action Day, bloggers around the world write about a common topic. The event seeks to create discussions about a specific issue that deserves international attention. This year, Blog Action Day, which is being held today, coincides with World Food Day, so the event is focused on Food.

Blog Action Day 2011

The broad topic area is allowing bloggers to address the issue from many different angles today. Some are writing about the personal, some are addressing the political. Some are examine their local communities, and others are looking at crises happening far away.

Mekkie of Measured in Pinches Not Pounds took on the very personal issue of eating disorders in a powerful post about her complicated relationship with food:

To this day, I have been unable to rid myself of this false friend. I eat too much, I eat too little, I eat and cry, I cry and eat…after awhile, the lines between the food and the friendship start to blur and I begin to believe that eating yet another salmonella-laced peanut butter sandwich will somehow make the pains of life go away.

London blogger Bex of Itchy & Bacon used this opportunity to address the issue of food waste. She described a Trafalgar Square event she attended that was designed to raise awareness of how much food is thrown away just because supermarkets can't sell it:

Five thousand meals were prepared from food that would otherwise have been wasted because it was approaching its use-by-date, or which had been rejected on aesthetic grounds by supermarkets. I was at the event to take some pictures for the PLANEAT blog and my main memory except the queues of people in the snow was the shock of people saying, “What’s wrong with the food?” and then realising it would all normally be in a landfill.

Liza of A Maui Blog is celebrating the day by talking about the variety of different ethnic food traditions that make up Hawaiian culture. She includes a terrific list of sample dishes that might appear at a potluck celebrating all the food that is traditional to her island:

 One feature of this Culture Day is potluck.  Kids will bring a dish that’s from their ethnic origin and share it with everyone. I love this! What a great way to connect the kids with their culture and keep the tradition going.

You can follow the conversation about Blog Action Day on Twitter using the hashtag #BAD11. You can also follow World Food Day Tweets using #WorldFoodDay.

Are you taking part in Blog Action Day? Share a link to your post in the comments below. Or, just join the discussion by talking about what World Food Day means to you!

Genie blogs about gardening and food at The Inadvertent Gardener, and tells very short tales at 100 Proof Stories. She is also the Food Section Editor for BlogHer.

Image Credit: Blog Action Day

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