I blogged in 2008 about poverty.
I blogged in 2009 about climate change.
I blogged in 2010 about water.
This year this blog is about food.
Blog Action Day in 2011 is a collaboration among 2,250 bloggers in 100 countries who come together to write about one topic on each of their blogs today — October 16, 2011 — and this year’s topic, in conjunction with World Food Day, is the f-letter word.
Goodbye pyramids and hello plates
The U.S. Department of Agriculture eliminated their food pyramid earlier this year and created a better representation of the five food groups.
You can see from the below images that the 1992 pyramid was too busy with food everywhere and the 2005 pyramid was too vague with stripes instead of boxes.
The 2011 plate looks more appetizing.
The brand is more sensical.
The takeaway is simple.
First, eat diverse foods.
Second, eat less of some foods and more of other foods.
It’s significant that fruits and vegetables comprise half your plate, and with veggies taking up a larger area than fruits. (Hint: fructose plays a part here.)
First Lady Michelle Obama elaborates.
“This is a quick simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating.”
Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to learn more.
A note about famine
No article on food is complete without mentioning famine and recalling 2009’s BAD topic.
I don’t want to write about the 1 million Planet Earth residents who are hungry, and nor do I want to tell you hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
Other participating bloggers and intellectual voices are already sharing their messages, such as this video below about eradicating famine.
You can eat whatever you want but please keep in mind the correct proportion of foods that should lie on your plate. Also keep in mind that people are starving, so don’t let your eyes control your stomach.