Kombucha is Nature’s Healthy Soda and one of my favorite things on earth. I got turned onto it a few years ago and have been consistently brewing my own ever since. It’s amazing how easy it is to make considering I used to buy everything in a package from big box supermarkets. I had no clue how to make anything that didn’t come in a package. Making my own Kombucha was a simple yet huge step in living with more happiness, health, and freedom. It’s completely eye opening to learn that just about everything at the grocery store can be made very easily at home. When I make my own food from scratch, I know what is and isn’t in it. No long ingredient lists with mystery ingredients for me.
It may seem mundane for me to write about popping your own popcorn. Popping popcorn is certainly not world changing. However ditching the microwave bags for organic kernels is a refreshing perspective for many. It is world changing to learn to make your own stuff… to learn to be more self-sufficient… to learn to stay away from hidden unhealthy ingredients… and to avoid corrupt corporations. Popping your own popcorn is one of many ways to live for a healthier earth, community, and self!
Composting is really simple and something that just about anyone can do. If you’ve had any worries about whether or not you can do it you can drop those right now. Composting can be done at your home, school, work, or just about anywhere. The earth even does most of the work for us. You just have to give it a little place to do the work.
This is a simple guide of how to start composting and how to make it work!
I met Liselotte through Facebook when she commented on one of my posts, saying she is “dumpster diving her way through her PhD.” I wanted to learn more, so I invited her to do a guest blog for my website. She is an intelligent and inspirational woman doing good for the Earth and the people around her. I just had to share her wonderful story, so here it is!
When I started my PhD in environmental psychology in October 2014, I had been dumpster diving for a while, but I wanted to take it to the next level. The goal was to save as much money as possible so that I would be able to buy a nice block of land after these three years, build a simple eco-home and live mostly self-sustainably after that.
Want to start dumpster diving in San Diego? I’m here to help!
Want to fight hunger and food waste in San Diego? I’m here to help with that too!
Let this page serve as your resource guide for dumpster diving and food rescue in San Diego. Dumpster tours, opportunities to get involved with non-profits, a list of all the dumpsters I’ve dived at, and much more can be found here.
We throw away nearly half of all the food we produce in the United States while 1 in 7 Americans are often unsure of where their next meal will come from. To me that is absurd, a country with such an abundance of food with such an abundance of hunger.
I’m not down with this.
I’m not down with throwing away all this perfectly good food.
I’m not down with hungry children and elders.
I’m not down with the environmental havoc created by dumping billions of pounds of food.
I’m not down with all the animals that are raised and killed just to end up in a dumpster.
Rob Greenfield is on a mission to reduce food waste in the United States and feed people in need! We produce enough food in the United States to feed twice our population yet 1 in 7 Americans is food insecure, including millions of children. This can’t go on! To put an end to the waste Rob is cycling across the United States eating solely food from dumpsters. In doing so he is demonstrating how much perfectly good food is being dumped in every city across the United States and bringing much needed attention to this serious issue. To even further demonstrate how much food is going to waste he’s hosting Food Waste Fiascos across the United States where he displays massive amounts of perfectly good food he finds in dumpsters nearby for the public to see. These fiascos have been blowing the socks off of the people who pass by.
Every time I open a dumpster there’s food in it. Time after time I am finding grocery stores dumpsters filled to the brim with perfectly good food. I’m not going to stand for that anymore!
Right now I am cycling across America eating solely from dumpsters and hosting Food Waste Fiascos in major cities in an effort to drastically reduce food waste in America. 1 in 7 American’s don’t have the food they need yet we throw away enough food to feed every hungry American five times over! My solution is real simple. Grocery stores need to stop dumping and start donating! It truly is a no brainer. Stores that donate are protected from lawsuits by the Good Samaritan Food Act They get write offs, which means it’s profitable to donate, they spend less on dumpster fees, and most importantly they are doing what is right for their community! Thousands of stores are already donating to non-profits and food banks across America but it is a very small fraction of what could be done. The most common excuse for not donating is that they fear liability but according to a University of Arkansas study not a single lawsuit has ever been made against a grocery store that has donated food to a food rescue program. So these stores are either highly misinformed or just plain don’t care about people and the planet. However I know humans with hearts run these stores and we can get them to change for the better! It’s up to us to hold them accountable to treat the environment and our hungry Americans with the respect they deserve.
It’s been a huge week in raising awareness about food waste. I created a little media frenzy and my activism was picked up in La Crosse, Madison ran with it, and it blew up in Milwaukee. 14 stories were done between news, newspapers, and radio, and their stories were syndicated by other news outlets around the Midwest as well. There is no doubt that a big impact was made in the Wisconsin region with this campaign.