I remember sitting in the living room of my apartment in San Diego in the summer of 2012. My friend Greg had just gotten rid of his smart phone and traded it in for an old school flip phone. It looked so inconvenient to use. Texting looked like a burden, as did having to call in to listen to voicemails. It did not have access to the Internet. It made me nervous just to think about trying to use that thing to get my work done and keep in touch with friends. I thought I couldn’t live my life without a smart phone.
At one point in my life I had about 7 credit cards. I played the point systems and was really good at avoiding fees while earning reward points for traveling. I flew to Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico, and throughout the USA for close to free just by using my card for transactions rather than cash. I would also shuffle money around between 0% interest cards so that I could have debt without actually paying much interest on it. This allowed me to do things that I wouldn’t actually be able to afford at the time and then work it off later (usually within 6-18 months as that was the length of the 0% intro APR’s). By canceling out cards and starting new ones I managed to work the system pretty well, all without breaking any of their rules. I didn’t morally support the companies, but I figured that by using them in my favor I could take much more from them than they were getting from me. In this manner I felt I was not really supporting them, but rather taking from “the man”.
Although I do align many of my beliefs with science and have a Bachelor of Science this is not a scientific article about the safety of eating GMOs. I’m barely going to touch on the science behind this because I don’t need to go there to know that I want to stay away from GMOs.
Every year in the United States we produce enough food to feed nearly two entire American populations, yet 50 million Americans go hungry. The face of hunger is not what you may expect and it is not the face of laziness. It is often your neighbor who seems to be doing just fine, a child too hungry to concentrate on their homework, or the elders who go unnoticed sitting at home without the money to purchase food. All of these people are going hungry while grocery stores alone throw away enough food to feed every single American in need. Together we CAN stop the waste and feed our fellow Americans. This three-minute video shows the problem:
Not that long ago I had an entire cabinet full of products to put on my body. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, lotion, cologne, soap, face wash, astringent, toothpaste, mouth wash, and chapstick are a few of the things I can remember but there were more I’m sure. I thought I needed it to look good, smell good, feel good, and be healthy. I also thought since well-known companies made it, that it must all be safe. I assumed I couldn’t really go wrong with an American brand sold in an American store. Everything changed when I started doing a little research. I learned that I’d been persuaded to buy stuff I didn’t really need and had been lied to about the true effects of their products.
I desire to put an end to food waste and hunger in the United States. Sure, it’s a lofty goal, a seriously lofty goal, but I believe that it is possible. In my youth, I see a time when every dumpster in the United States is completely void of all food. But in the mean time our dumpsters are full of perfectly good food and we may as well eat it! First and foremost, I encourage grocery stores to donate their excess food rather than throw it in the dumpster. But in the case of their social and environmental negligence, I encourage people to get out there, dive into dumpsters, eat the food, share the food, and raise awareness about food waste and hunger.
I want you to hit the dumpsters! Even if you don’t want to eat it or collect it for others I still encourage you to go see the waste for yourself.
The topic of meat-eating can be quite controversial and often becomes pretty heated. So, whether you eat meat or not, please take a deep breath and chill out for a second.
To the vegans reading this, I want to be upfront that I utterly support eating vegan. It is one of my first recommendations to anyone who asks me how to live a more earth-friendly life. I eat an almost completely plant-based diet myself; about 95-99% of what I eat is plant-based.
To the meat eaters reading this, please read this fully before you quickly use this blog as an excuse to blindly eat food that is detrimental to the earth, to other species, and to you.
This is my argument against veganism by someone who strongly supports veganism.
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.
With some big announcements to come soon, I could easily begin coasting through life right now. This year I’m working on a documentary, publishing a book, and I’m also in talks with multiple networks about a TV show. Rather than coast though I am leading by example more than ever before. I’m not in this for the money or the fame. I’m in it to create a just world full of happiness, health, and equality for all. So I’ve vowed to donate 100% of my earnings to happiness, health, and freedom for all.
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.