23 May

Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side

First they tried to make me feel bad about my quinoa, now it’s Greek Yogurt. What’s next, guilt tripping me about kale? I want to eat my crunchy hippy food without guilt, damn you.

“Greek yogurt is a booming $2 billion a year industry — and it’s producing millions of pounds of waste that industry insiders are scrambling to figure out what to do with.”

(Via Modern Farmer | Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side.)

I never even heard of Modern Farmer before. Great website. Bookmarked. Check out Kickstarting the Modern Farm.

06 May

Ordering groceries online is greener than driving to the store

This is exciting. I’d wondered if this was the case, as I order a lot of stuff via the mail instead of driving to go get it and was doing some back of the envelope calculations with friends about that. I’d love to order groceries online, rather than go get them. I’d be a lot more disciplined about what I got. I say this as someone who make the classic rookie mistake of going shopping while hungry this weekend.

“what engineers Erica Wygonik and Anne Goodchild did in their paper (pdf) was to take a look at the actual stores and homes around Seattle and simulate thousands of deliveries and grocery runs around the city. They then analyzed a random sample of those runs.
They found that delivery trucks bringing groceries to people’s doorsteps emitted between 20 to 75 percent less carbon dioxide per customer, on average, than having all those people drive their cars from home to the store and back again.”

(Via Study: Ordering groceries online is greener than driving to the store.)

21 Apr

Foodies in Ghana

Cool. I love seeing this sort of stuff.

“At first glance, Republic, a revolution-themed bar in one of Accra’s busiest nightlife districts, could be any of the Ghanaian capital’s hotspots. Artsy residents, office workers and expats sit on plastic chairs in front of its wooden façade as dusk turns to night, ordering caipirihnas or snacks such as thick-cut chips and bowls of soup.

But look a little closer and all is not as it seems. The caipirihnas are made from akpeteshie – a traditional Ghanaian palm spirit also known fondly as Kill Me Quick, the chips are deep fried cassava, and the soup is called Fire Go Burn You – a particularly spicy incarnation of Ghanaian pepper soup.

(Via A foodie revolution cooking in West Africa | World news | guardian.co.uk.)