| The students will visit organic gardens and there will be talks on healthy eating in childhood or food waste | The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Murcia (UMU) celebrates this Friday, for the fifth consecutive year, World Food Day, which in 2020 has the motto 'Cultivate, nurture, preserve.
This commemoration coincides this year with the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at an exceptional moment, as countries around the world are facing the effects of the coronavirus.
The dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Gaspar Ros, made a "call for solidarity to ensure that healthy food reaches all corners of the planet, especially to the most disadvantaged places that have been most damaged by the Covid crisis.
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There will also be visits and work to the organic gardens of the UMU, talks on food waste and healthy eating in childhood.
Likewise, students will get to know different projects of resilient local economy closely. These activities will be carried out by the Grupo Fuertes Food Safety and Sustainability Chair within the 'Tuesday of healthy eating', as well as the 'Thursdays of food sustainability', whose objective is to promote dissemination and debate among university students. For Ros, "it is essential to end hunger, guarantee healthy and nutritious food for the entire population and promote sustainable agriculture." The dean of Veterinary Medicine of the UMU recalled that "the agri-food chain is key to achieving the SDGs, since it is responsible for feeding the more than 800 million people who are undernourished and ensuring a sustainable growth model that produces food varied, more balanced and healthy and enough food to feed the more than 9.7 billion people who will inhabit the planet in 2050 ". In parallel, the dean of Veterinary Medicine emphasized this year "a tribute to all the 'Food Heroes' from around the world who plant, grow, fish or transport food," so he encouraged the university community to use the hashtag # HéroesDeLaAlimentacion on social networks in all posts shared by students on their social networks on the occasion of this commemoration, which they can follow every day through the social networks of the Veterinary School (@fvetum). Since 2016, the Veterinary Faculty of the UMU celebrates this World Day with different activities aligned with the SDGs, especially those related to SDG 2: 'Zero Hunger', and SDG 12: 'Responsible Consumption and Production'. This initiative promoted by the United Nations at the University of Murcia is working through the ODSesiones project, which is coordinated by the Vice-Rector's Office for Social Responsibility and Transparency in collaboration with the faculties to raise awareness, sensitize and promote the 2030 Agenda among the university community and Murcian society . ODSesiones, which will end in November 2021, is a project that has the support of the regional government, Aguas de Murcia, Bankia and the Cajamurcia Foundation, and whose conferences can now be followed electronically through odsesionesendirecto.um .is.
All the information on the project at www.um.es/web/17odsesiones.
Source: Universidad de Murcia