Although little known in North America and Europe, entomophagy is a food tradition in parts of Asia, Africa and South America. Despite its somewhat bizarre name, entomophagy is simply the consumption of insects by humans. With more and more insect-based products coming to grocery store shelves, I’m going to take stock of the nutritional and […]
If you’ve ever invited Japanese friends to your home, they probably brought you a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates wrapped in a square of colorful fabric. It was a furoshiki, a traditional fabric used to carry presents, clothes, food and other things. The name dates back to the Edo era (1603-1868) when […]
After recycling, composting, and the sale of “ugly” fruits and vegetables, it’s time for the Zero Waste movement. People and businesses are increasingly targeting this new level of sustainability: no more polluting packaging, waste, and overconsumption. A big challenge, but a realistic one.
Food waste is a serious problem all around the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about a third of the food produced worldwide winds up in the trash. In the industrialised world, the majority of the waste comes from consumers who buy too much food and throw it […]
Tons of fruit and vegetables are dumped each year because they don’t meet the standards required by retailers (and consumers). At best, these imperfect products are intended for processing or animal feed, and at worst, the dustbin. But, they are just as good as the nice-looking ones. The solution to such wastage is not simple. […]
A report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) last Wednesday says a whole third of the world’s food goes to waste, leading to 3.3 billion tons of CO2 released in the atmosphere. The wastage costs global economy around $750 billion each year and does not include fish or seafood […]
Chinese designer Qiyun Deng is the creator of Graft – a set of disposable tableware inspired by fruits and vegetables. Completely biodegradable, these utensils borrow the shape and texture of plants: A celery stem serves as handle for a fork; a petal of artichoke becomes the bowl of a spoon; a pineapple stem is the […]
Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on March 9, 2013. If health foods, ecology and global health mean a lot to you, then don’t miss Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert, the annual event taking place from 15 to 17 March at the Palais des congrès in Montreal and from 23 to 24 March […]
Traditionally used in Southeast Asia, bamboo tableware is light and strong like plastic, but much more elegant and environment friendly. In fact, bamboo grows very fast with very little water and no fertilizers or pesticides. Once cut, it regenerates easily from its rhizomes. Moreover, bamboo is 100% recyclable, so no pollution.