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The Power of One Deed

By Jean Blish Siers *

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. Although I don’t have a drop of Norwegian blood in me, being raised in Minnesota makes me appreciate all things Scandinavian. Well, most things; I’m still not big on lutefisk. So I was thrilled when my husband and I recently had a chance to attend Ibsen Fest in the tiny town of Lanesboro, MN. To honor ...

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The Uneaten Majority

By Jean Blish Siers *
Reading over a National Resources Defense Council report today, I stumbled on this graphic.

Food Consumed Versus Food Loss

Even working daily to try to save fresh fruits and vegetables from going to waste, I found this shocking: We actually waste more fruits and vegetables than we consume! According to research from the Food and Agricultural Organization (which is part of the United Nations,) we consume only 48% of the ...

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A Roadmap We Can All Follow

By Jean Blish Siers *

If you want to get really nerdy about food waste (and I love being nerdy about food waste!) here’s a delightfully interactive web site where you can lose yourself for hours: [Note: This link has been removed from their website.] Its creator is the collaborative effort of more than 30 nonprofit, business, foundation, and government leaders, and they have created “Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste.” This fascinating study comes at food waste from several angles, addressing ...

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The Blessings of Controlled Panic

By Jean Blish Siers *

Part of my job (honestly, a lot of my job) involves controlled panic. I get a call that a farmer has 10,000 pounds of watermelons that need to be out of his cooler in two days, and I panic a bit, then get busy on the phones, and a miracle happens. It always does. Every time.

My panic increased over the past couple months. For more than four years, the same crew of four drivers has each ...

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Connecting with Farmers

Logo of Rocky River Local FoodsBy Jean Blish Siers *

I enjoy my job for many different reasons. I love being in the fields in the summer, working with volunteers to save as much food as possible. I love meeting the folks who receive our food, knowing that as a Society of St. Andrew representative, I play a part in bringing something healthy and delicious to someone who might not get fresh produce often. ...

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The Value of Food

Food Art at St. John the DivineBy Jean Blish Siers *

Until April 3, 2016, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City continues a multi-media installation, “The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet.” Tucked into the bays and chapels of this grand cathedral (Interesting fact: Although still technically under construction, it is the largest cathedral in the world!), the exhibit grapples with food insecurity, food waste, accessibility, and sustainability. ...

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