A Call to Inspired Minds!

First, allow me to apologize for the lack of content over this blog in the last two months. We have been quite busy, it is true, but, more importantly, we have been suffering from a lack of inspiration. With food waste and sustainability being growing issues of interest, it has been difficult to come up with topics to write on that haven’t already been extensively covered.

Though driven by facts and research, Say No to Food Waste is still an editorial blog, so both of us have lent personal stories and opinions to a number of posts. However, we don’t want this to turn into “Hokuma’s and Eva’s thoughts on food” blog. I could spend eons simply complaining about people throwing food away, but we want to hold this site to better standards than that. We want to be constructive, stimulating ideas and opening the public’s eyes to the realities of food waste and how to prevent (and/or deal with) it.

On that note, we would love to get some help keeping this site alive. Whether you’d like to author your own piece or share an idea for something that we could write about – a question we could try to answer – we are eager to hear from you. Please message us on our Facebook page, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you have links to share or events that you’d like to have promoted on our FB page, we’d be happy to receive those, too.

Cheers,

Hokuma & Eva, the Say No to Food Waste team

Busy summers

Dear readers,

Hokuma and I just wanted to issue a brief but sincere apology for the lack of posts over the last month. Between work and travel, we’ve both been very busy and haven’t found the time to generate meaningful content. However, we’ve got some exciting projects in the works that we will hopefully be able to start publicizing soon! And, naturally, we’ll be trying to get ourselves back on a weekly posting schedule.

In the meantime, we hope that you are enjoying your summers (or winters, in the southern hemisphere) and invite you to keep checking our Facebook page, where we have been better about regularly sharing interesting articles.

You’ll hear more from us soon!

Eva

Bliss

Today, I have no news, science, or advice to share. All I want to do is rave about the sustainable paradise I’ve been in these last two weeks, so pardon this post if you don’t like reading personal blogs.

editDSC006092I’ve been living with a German couple, longtime family friends, for the last couple of weeks in a small village near Frankfurt. Don’t let the word ‘village’ fool you: it’s not a rustic, technology-barren settlement of self-reliant farmers. It’s just one of several small, suburb-type towns peppering the Hesse countryside. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, with vast crop fields and pastures surrounding the towns and the highway stretches between them. Everything is quaint and simple but not lacking modern luxuries like gyms, convenience stores, restaurants, etc. The best part, though, is the food.

My hosts are all about sustainable and healthy food. Their garden is currently full of tomatoes, blackberries, currants, apples, and pears, and I can tell from their massive supply of homemade preserves and jams that they grow many other fruits throughout the year as well. They store most of their food in the refrigerator and freezer to extend its shelf life, and they buy bread in just the right quantities so that they can keep the loaf at room temperature and still finish it before it starts molding. My host-dad also boasts about how much locally-produced food he can buy at the store, namely honey and cheese, and insists on only buying meat or fish that is certified ‘bio’ – organic. He even shares my aversion to added sugars! Instead of buying sugary granola mixes and flavored yogurts, we make our breakfasts using unsweetened bio yogurt and mixing spelt, flaxseeds, chopped nuts, homegrown fruit, and other flavorful additions like coconut shavings. Oh, and anything inedible is composted, not thrown in the garbage.DSC00664

Yes, this is the life I want! Buying and eating locally and organically as much as possible, minimizing processed food in my diet, and preventing waste. My hosts don’t eat nose to tail, but they don’t eat that much meat, either, and at least that which they do eat is sustainably raised. This has been a wonderful way to conclude my summer and segue into my next adventure: being in Spain for the semester!

I’ll make sure not to neglect my blog duties, no worries.

Eva