BEE Kind

For many of us, our childhood summer days were spent avoiding these furry little guys. I can still remember a flock of us screaming across the field at lunch recess, running wildly as if our lives depended on it. Ironically they do.

Who would have guessed that two decades later these vital creatures, that keep our ecosystems balanced, would be added to the list of endangered species?Even if you aren’t particularly fond of bees – their buzzing sound perhaps still stirs some fear inside – you are dependent them. You see these black and yellow insects play an integral role in our survival as a species.

To boil it down: Humans need bees because 70 of the top 100 crops harvested globally rely on pollinators according to this recent article. So this means no bees = no nutritional plants = decreased chance of us sustaining our ever-climbing world population = YIKES! This is very, very serious people!

Even General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios has taken action setting into action the distribution of 200 million wildflower seeds for pollinator habitat. In one week, they exceeded their goal and will send out a total of 1.5 billion seeds #bringbackthebees.

Want to do something? This is an area you can act upon. Don’t wait. David Suzuki provides a list of ways you can make a difference.

So bee aware, bee active and bee kind to these little guys before it’s too late.

Weekly Leeks Feb. 26-March 11: Waste Not Want Not

Waste Not Want Not

Throwing food out is just the worst. Neither of us enjoy doing it and when we must, we are filled with a sense of guilt. Coming from households that make use of every little thing – my (Sarah) father will literally turn any leftover meal into some form of soup – this is a value that has been instilled in us since childhood.

Food waste is a serious problem especially in our very privileged western world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations  1/3 of all food produced (about 1.3 billion tonnes) is never used. And not surprisingly, fruits and vegetables are wasted the most.

But people are making positive changes to move towards less waste. Two incredible beings, Tessa and Saasha, have created an app that can help you and your community connect to share food that might otherwise be wasted. Check out their story and innovative app here.

At home individuals are also striving to reduce waste. Using a can of chickpeas? Don’t throw away that lovely liquid! There are so many things you can do with aquafaba. Got leftovers hanging around? Get creative and see what else you can make. Here are a few ideas.

Weekly Leeks Feb. 12-25 Edition: The Perils of Plastic

As part of our Weekly Leeks series, we’ll be sharing helpful resources, interesting articles, and other insightful materials to help encourage and support the journey towards becoming more environmentally conscious and ethically responsible citizens. Continue reading “Weekly Leeks Feb. 12-25 Edition: The Perils of Plastic”

Main Squeeze: February Theme

For most of our lives, February has been about romance. Boyfriends, girlfriends, he loves me, he loves me not kind of romance. And although we love this celebration of love, this year we’ve decided to change the formula.

We want our Earth to be our “main squeeze” this month. We want to love our planet with more compassion than we have before.

And so we will continue our plant-based recipes and provide you with main dishes for the entire month of February in the hopes that you too will try to reduce your consumption of animal products.

Also, in line with our recent Community Leeks post on the “The Power of Refusal” we will also be celebrating our first Minimalistic V-Day! That means NO purchasing of any Valentine’s Day paraphernalia including chocolates, flowers, cards and even little stuffed animals. Only home-made gifts crafted with care.

So join us and celebrate a Minimalistic V-Day! Try some new main dishes, take the pledge not to buy unnecessary Valentine’s Day stuff and make the environment your “main squeeze.”