Millions of people in the world are starving at the same time as they are spending enormous amounts on military equipment. The purpose of the Not Food Weapons events is to draw attention to this fact by criticizing arms race and distributing free vegan food to people.
Food is a vegetarian food because the meat industry contributes to the world food problem and the Third Worlds hunger when resources are wasted on livestock farming. The themes of the campaign are also relevant in today's Finland. Years of economic growth did not bring prosperity to all, and to the most vulnerable people, who relied wholly or partly on income transfers, whose living conditions were in fact worsened by weakened social benefits and tighter controls. Instead, there has been enough money to maintain and even accelerate military preparation, even though there is no prospect of a military crisis threatening Finland.
Finland's Food Not Bombs is part of the international Food Not Bombs (FNB) movement, which was born in Boston, USA in 1980. Currently it has activist in more than 100 cities in North America and Europe under its name. So far, Food Not Bombs events have been organized in Helsinki, Imatra, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Tornio and Turku.
Currently, there are active Food Not Boms groups at least in Helsinki and Tampere.
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International Food Not Bombs Camp
The Food Not Bombs group of Helsinki organizes an international Food Not Bombs Work Camp in Helsinki every year in cooperation with AKL and International Volunteering. Read more about the 2020 camp.