The moment our feet touched American soil, it felt like time had suddenly begun to move in fast forward. We were suddenly saddled with the feelings of responsibility and urgency as well as a to do list that felt endlessly long. As we grappled with the transition between a year of absolute freedom and a sudden push into the “real” world we wondered if the whole year had been nothing but a dream. We landed an apartment, jumped right back into our old jobs and were suddenly working full time again within a matter of two weeks.
Going to a grocery store and having everything you might need or want to buy to eat is a luxury many people in the world will never get to experience. A simple trip to the supermarket and walking into the produce section filled with gleaming picture perfect fruits and vegetables a fantasy that some can't even fathom. Yet, with all of this opportunity to eat perfect food and buy nearly anything you can dream of there comes a dark side effect that is often swept under the rug: food waste. Each year the average American family throws around $2,000 dollars worth of food away. Imagine what else you could spend that 40 bucks a week on, or after a few years worth of saving what you else might be able to invest in besides the local landfill.
Being a foodie isn't cool anymore and maybe thats for the best. Calling someone a foodie is akin to swearing at them these days, depending on the circles you move in. As the food fever in America begins to cool, it's easy to wonder what the next new trend will be and if farm-to-table will fade into the haze of history. I've been referred to as a foodie before and it's always felt a bit wrong. I was fervent about good food for sure, but I never thought of myself that way. Looking back, I realize that I rode that wave of obsession for a few years along with many others and that when I finally swam back to shore to put my feet on the ground I was armed with a clearer head and a more determined outlook. Food culture isn't some fad to preach about or hold over anyone's head, it's something to be lived in every aspect of your life. It's time to stop separating foodies from non-foodies and work together to keep America's food industry on the right track.
We are living in a culture that no longer knows how to sit down and have a calm conversation but rather one that feels insults must be hurled in order for anyone to be heard. Where uninformed opinions are taken as fact and that the person who makes the most noise must be right. Everywhere you look, from the evening news to Facebook to websites that feature restaurant reviews you'll find mean spirited insults lashing out in every direction. While constructive criticism is actually a great tool for promoting growth and change, the mindless assault that whips our senses daily is transforming us into grown up versions of "mean girls".
The history of cheese goes back about as long as people have been domesticating animals but, depending on whom you ask, there might be a different myth that begins it all. The truth is that cheese always tells a story; a bit about the place, the animals, and the people who are making it. It’s a love story more than anything else—one that starts with the land and a desire to create something beautiful from it. It’s this story that the family behind Luigi Guffanti cheeses are looking to preserve, something that’s becoming ever more challenging in today’s world.
Food culture has had it's roots deeply ingrained in many parts of the world before it ever became a fad in the United States. It was never something to be touted because it was the newest trend, but rather something that was important to maintain because in taking care of the land and your family, you were expressing love. Love, the word that many Americans might normally associate with dreamy stares and heart shaped valentines in various shades of pink is really a feeling that really does begin in your stomach.
After an amazing outpouring of support from friends of this site I am very happy to report that we are back on-line once again! We received a new laptop from literally the other side of the world a few weeks ago while in Nepal and have been working hard to get new content going for Seed Bark & Root ever since. You will be able to start viewing some of this as early as right now, but some other aspects will be following in the next few weeks.
Sunset over the Annapurna Range with kites filling the sky.
At the moment we are sitting in Kathmandu getting some new equipment set up so we can start publishing again. A huge thank you to everyone who reads this, and to everyone who helped get us online again. Look for more posts soon.
We all want to travel and we all want to save the world right? Well what if I told you it was possible to do both? I learned this while traveling in Colombia when I met Matt and Valentina. This charming couple found a way to teach school children about sustainability while quenching their thirst for seeing the world. I was so inspired by their story that we wanted to share it with all of you. Hopefully this will inspire you to learn a bit more about their mission and how they hope to change the world.