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Two Easy Ways To Reduce Single Use Plastic When Buying Lunch

You wouldn't want to be single use plastic right now, it may just be the most hated object on the planet. Once it was hailed as the queen of convenience, enabling us to consume on the move, but its fall from grace now has us acting like it is the plague. Reality is though, plastic…

Baltimore Is Focusing On Food To Transform Cities For The Future

Food is the underlying lifeblood of our communities. It connects us to each other, sustains us and helps us understand more about the natural environment. Regular access to quality, healthy food directly impacts the quality of life and environment. However, there are many cities around the world who do not have systems and policies in…

Reflections From The 2019 Urban Food Policy Conference

How often do we stop to think about the importance of food in our lives? Having access to healthy, cheap and quality food is fundamental to our overall health and wellbeing. However for billions of people around the world, their cities are not set up for this. I was recently at the Milan Urban Food…

The Sweetest Social Enterprise In Azerbaijan

My time in Azerbaijan has been a surprise. The buildings, culture, food and people have exceeded all expectations. However, I was not expecting to meet a 22 year social entrepreneur with bold, impactful plans!  I had the opportunity to meet with Sara Rajabli, a 22 year old social entrepreneur in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her experience is…

Food Waste: A Global and Local Perspective

After an intense food waste moment in the Balkans I decided to research which countries are managing their food waste effectively. In Bosnia and Herzegovina I stayed at a rafting camp that was known for its delicious, traditional food. Our meals were indeed delicious however the portions were incredibly huge. Their standard meals for 1…

The Global Pact Saving Our Urban Food System

Today, just over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. According to the United Nations, by 2050 this is expected to grow to almost 70 percent with an additional 2.4 billion urban dwellers worldwide. Currently, global cities account for 3 percent of land mass but are responsible for the majority of resource consumption…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Helsinki

After docking the trusty old 'Viking' ferry, it was time for me to explore my next stop, Helsinki. I battled like nothing else trying to navigate my big blue bag through the cobblestone streets and found myself repeatedly cursing my decision to switch from backpack to wheely suitcase. It was all worth it in the…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Stockholm

'Sometimes we joke that our children are owned by the state and we just borrow them.' A local shared this anecdote with me after telling how his children have to do an annual survey that asks about their food habits at home. If the school deems that they are not eating healthy enough then a…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Tokyo

Debating which ramen I should buy in a Tokyo supermarket, an older Japanese lady decided it was the perfect time to start a conversation. She spoke in very fast Japanese about how the Fukushima disaster has changed agriculture in Japan and means that a lot of food is now imported from overseas. She looked at…