The world produces enough food to feed everyone. Yet the number of people who are hungry has risen for the first time in a decade, to more than 815 million.

Ending food waste is crucial to achieve Zero Hunger and all the Sustainable Development Goals.

On Monday’s World Food Day, join us on our mission to end hunger by 2030. Let’s address global hunger together to build brighter futures for all.

Fantasy World Food Sucks.

I’m gonna talk about this cartoon here me and the Geologist just finished watching on Crunchyroll: Restaurant to Another World 

It has a simple premise: “Fantasy World Food Sucks.” One day a week, on Saturday, a door to a small normal looking restaurant in Japan opens up in a fantasy world, allowing the various denizens to travel across into our world… And eat our food.

Let me tell you the plot to almost every single episode. Fantasy character is dealing with some hardships. The character stumbles across the door to “Western Restaurant Nekoya”. They enter it where they discover a food dish that is absolutely amazing. (Because fantasy world food sucks.) They describe in perfect detail why it’s wonderful. And they leave with a new found determination in their lives. 

That’s it. That’s the plot to every episode. And my god, does it work wonderfully. It’s not deep, because it doesn’t NEED to be deep. Restaurant to Another World is a fun and happy show. It’s hard to watch it and not walk away smiling. (And hungry.) It’s totally food porn. And it’s awesome for it. If you watch it, you WILL have a desire to try some interesting new types of food. (Seriously, we’ve never tried Tofu Steak until this series. It’s pretty good!)

The series actually plays like an anthology of sorts, where we’re introduced to a new character every episode. But what makes the story interesting is piecing together the connections with the various visiting patrons. “Oh, this person knows that person. That person is there with them. Oh hey, they fond the door that the previous guy had used.” The main characters are the Master Chef (who’s never given a name), who’s a very talented and friendly cook. Aletta, the audience’s adorable surrogate, who’s a half demon pauper, until the Master gives her a job waiting tables. And Kuro, who shows up a little over half way through and I won’t tell you much about her, as it’s a decent story to find out on your own. There are recurring patrons, and they usually go by their regular food dish they always order, as their nicknames. Generally, everyone is pretty likable. 

The animation is pretty standard, but they know when to use their budget, and the character designs aren’t always the most original. And there is some surprisingly out-of-place moments of fanservice. It’s jarring. Because it’s a rare thing in the show. but it’s nothing that couldn’t pass a censor. Just be aware that it happens. 

But for the most part, it’s a great fun show that knows what kind of show it wants to be, and pulls it off awesomely. If you’re looking for something sweet and charming to watch, Restaurant to Another World… It’s a pretty fun sit-through. 

Just eat first before you watch it, you WILL get hungry.

The Signs as Holidays.

• Aries: “Universal Children’s Day” (November 20).

• Taurus: “World Day of Food” (October 16).

• Gemini: “Siblings’ Day” (April 10).

• Cancer: “Mother’s Day” (Many Dates).

• Leo: “World Heart Day” (September 29).

• Virgo: “International Women’s Day” (March 8).

• Libra: “Valentine’s Day” (February 14).

• Scorpio: “Halloween” (October 31).

• Sagittarius: “World Tourism Day” (September 27).

• Capricorn: “Labour Day” (May 1).

• Aquarius: “International Youth Day” (August 12).

• Pisces: “World Oceans Day” (June 8).

Pope at UN Demands Response to Hunger, Climate, Migration

AP, Oct. 16, 2017

ROME–Pope Francis demanded Monday that world governments collectively commit to end rising world hunger by resolving the conflicts and climate change-related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread.

Francis drew a standing ovation Monday at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, where he marked the U.N.’s World Food Day by calling for governments to work together to tackle the interconnected problems of hunger, global warming and migration.

Francis said negligence and greed over the world’s limited resources are harming the planet and its most vulnerable people, forcing many to abandon their homes in search of work and food.

“We are called to propose a change in lifestyle and the use of resources,” Francis told the audience, which included agriculture ministers from the Group of Seven nations. “We cannot make do by saying ‘someone else will do it.’”

Last month, the U.N. reported that the number of chronically hungry people in the world was rising again after a decade of declines thanks to prolonged conflicts and climate change-related floods and droughts. While the 815 million chronically undernourished people last year is still below the 900 million registered in 2000, the U.N. warned that the increase “is cause for great concern.”

Francis said the answer wasn’t to reduce the world’s population but rather to better manage the planet’s abundant resources and prevent waste. Francis called the population control argument–which the Catholic Church has long opposed–a “false solution.”

Rather, he called for a new model of international cooperation that incorporates love, fraternity and solidarity into responding to the needs of the poorest.

Francis said it’s not enough to respond with pity, “because pity is limited to emergency aid.”

Love, he said, “inspires justice and is essential to bring about a just social order.”

In a tangible sign of his message, Francis’ gift to the U.N. food agency to commemorate his visit was a marble sculpture of Aylan, the toddler who washed up on a Turkish beach in October 2015. The sculpture, which features a wailing angel over the little boy’s corpse, symbolizes the tragedy of migration, the Vatican said.