Every year since 2007, Blog Action Day has united bloggers from around the world in talking about one global issue. Collectively, the thousands of bloggers participating have an audience of millions. And this year on October 16, 2011 they talked about food. See live updates on who is posting here.
Blog Action Day coincided with World Food Day, and many chose to discuss the rise in food prices and global hunger. Here on Global Voices, Juliana Rincón has posted citizen videos on hunger from different countries.
Other Global Voices authors have participated in their own blogs too.
Andrea Arzaba from Mexico chose to share some photos from a local food market in Coyoacán, Mexico City on her blog One Lucky Life — reminding her readers that Mexican cuisine was declared an “Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO last year.
Radifera Ranaivoson Maminirina of Global Voices in Malagasy chose to write about “an incredible food product” from Madagascar that is consumed all around the world, even by astronauts in Space.
I chose to talk about one special Malagasy product, 100% natural, but can compete with medicines and pharmaceuticals produced by devceloped countries.
It's called Spirulina, and it's an edible seaweed, used in many food supplements. Read more about the virtues of Spirulina in Malagasy or in English (thanks to Candy for translating).
Global Voices author Filip Stojanovski in Macedonia is keeping an eye on Macedonian blogs that have signed up to participate in Blog Action Day. He has also shared photos on his blog Razvigor :-) from Bunjakovec food market in Skopje, Macedonia (see also in Macedonian).
Global Voices in German editor, Katrin Zinoun writes about how food brings people from different cultures together in her blog, dialogtexte.
… it is of no importance, whether the strangers who share a meal belong to different religions or political camps or are even enemies in war. One thing they always have in common: they have to eat. And eating together is connecting people.
So, enjoy your meal! At best with a stranger.
Did you blog about food too?
Depending on your time zone, it's not too late to join Blog Action Day with a post of your own. Feel free to share your links in the comments if you'd like us to take a look.
This year's Blog Action Day is organized by The Voice Project which connects bloggers with important political events through NGO partners. Follow #BAD11 on Twitter!
I should have written about nshima/sima/sadza/pap, a southern African corn meal food, that a lot of people in the diaspora, including me, eat almost on a daily basis. I promise to write a blog about it next year.