The Grow Method

by Elena on October 15, 2012 in Giving Back

Do you remember when you were young and your parents told you that you had to eat everything on your plate so that food would not be wasted?  I do.  I remember it, and have probably used the same argument with my daughter over the years to get her to eat her meals. The idea though, of not wasting food, is more than just of teaching our children to eat well.

The issue of sustainability in food is about feeding your family AND making sure that there is enough food for the world’s population. Because here is the reality: Almost one billion of the world’s population goes to bed hungry each night. Not because of scarcity of food, but because our agricultural and societal systems are using resources at a rapid rate that will destroy the natural resources that we need.

Oxfam Grow Method | Ciao Mom

That is where  the Oxfam Grow Method comes in. A “culinary revolution” the Grow Method helps us learn how our food choices impact the global food supply and how our actions can help promote sustainability.

The ideas are simple really. Most are things that many of us already do. My biggest take away was the intention behind the process and the specific and concrete ways that small steps can lead to dramatic changes for the future of food.

Steps like:

  • Planning meals to help waste less food
  • Storing your food in the refrigerator to prevent spoiling
  • Cooking with leftovers
  • Buying local from farmers
  • Saving energy while cooking by covering your pan with a lid
  • Buying food that is in season and eating more local in season food
  • Eating more vegetables and less meat or dairy

World Food Day is tomorrow, October 16th.  Each of us can help feed the planet that will reach nine billion people by 2050, and empower people living in less developed nations to earn a living, feed their families, and thrive..  There are so many ways each of can get involved.

Oxfam has developed a Discussion guide that is perfect to help you talk about the Grow Method with your children.

You can find recipes and techniques that were developed with the Grow Method in mind on Pinterest. (Two of my favorites are freezing herbs in olive oil and  a purple kale salad with creamy apricot ginger dressing, apples, and walnuts).

World Food Day

Like with anything, the important thing is to get involved. The great thing about the Grow Method is that you can get involved in the comfort of your own kitchen and house, just by being intentional and making a few simple changes.

So the question is…how is what you already do at home aligned with the Grow Method or what is one thing you can do today that is aligned with this goal of sustainable food for the global population?

Ciao Mom


This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a compensated program initiated by Women Online/The Mission List to raise awareness about Oxfam America’s GROW Method. All commentary and opinions are, of course, my own.Images are courtesy of OXFAM America and the United Nations.

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Teresa - Working Traveling Mom October 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

This is so important for all of us to do! We try to not waste food by actually eating the leftovers and composting kitchen scraps so that they can be turned around and used in the garden to grow more food. We also eat as much of a plant-based diet as we can. Our kids are young enough that they’re on board with this and are hopefully learning all these good things now so that they stick with them through their lives.

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