Good News, Good People, Good Ideas
Rather than letting excess produce go to a landfill, this California startup has started collecting food waste from agricultural companies in order to preserve the fruits and veggies as dried snacks.
The company sources food waste from production facilities, meaning that all its products don’t require any new agriculture and can help cut down on our massive food waste problem.
“Food waste is the #1 item in landfills, making it the 3rd largest source of methane behind China and the US if it were ranked as a country. The more food we can all prevent from being wasted, the less additional growing capacity and resources we need to bring online in feeding an increasing global population.”
Hope for a world that needs food sources that also help the environment These icky little creatures can munch through garbage and convert it to protein and compost while lowering carbon footprint. But they need to disguise it before anyone will eat it.
Amusing side note re: maggots. When I was young, many of my friends would go back to Italy to visit family. One of the things that one or two of my friends liked to smuggle back was a special cheese from their parents' village, near Campobasso. What made the cheese special was that it had maggots on/in it. I remember hearing them tapping on the brown paper bag my friend kept it in. Yes, I tasted it, but I made my friend serve me - it was customary to brush the maggots off and spread it on a piece of italian bread. It was stinky, for sure, but not rotten. I suspect now that the maggots actually had a disinfectant quality that matured and preserved the cheese.
I only know the dialect name for it, in case anyone else has heard of it: "Caciobundu"
So this idea is very much a "back to the future" approach.
You have to see this to believe it. I'm still smiling as I write this and will go back and watch it again and again. Researchers have found that cockatoos can be creative. This one has created a bunch of amazing dance moves.
A few years ago I touring an aviary in Florida somewhere when I noticed this enormous yellow cockatoo perched on a branch high above me. As I stared at him or her, she began descending down the brach towards me. To my amazement, she continued all the way up to me and then just nuzzled me. It was so adorable. I think he or she knew I needed a hug.
I like to post about good news because I feel the stories bring some light into our world. They can inspire us and remind us that even when things seem dark, there are light workers at work, making a difference.
Today I thought I would post this wonderful interview with heart warrior Jane Goodall. She is a true light worker and continues to inspire people from around the globe. And, well, her name is ACTUALLY filled with "good". I also love her Roots and Shoots programs.