Episode 76 :: Celebrating Ugly Food

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Part 1 — Episode 76: Celebrating Ugly Food / Gleaning with Pastor Amy Beveridge, Gail McNichols-Oliver and Emily Wilson

Exploring the intersection of food, water & faith in a time of drought.
Every Sunday in August, Bethel Lutheran Church (ELCA), Templeton, CA – Speakers, film, music, worship, fun! + Ugly Food Banquet.

Bethel Lutheran’s Ugly Food Project promotion items (media releases, bulletin inserts, etc.) Plus an extended conversation with Gail McNichols-Oliver, a founder of GleanSLO, and Biblical reflections by Pr. Amy in light of Jesus’ feeding the multitudes.

Ugly Food Facts

40% of food in America goes to waste in fields, gardens, stores, restaurants, schools.

√ Ugly produce may actually be healthier than pretty food. Some imperfect, cracked fruit may contain more antioxidants.

France now requires supermarkets to give away unsold food.


√ Carrying a reusable “take home” container in our cars saves left-overs from our restaurant meals and keeps more single-use containers out of the landfill.


FutureOfFood.com // NatGeoFood.com

National Geographic, March, 2016, cover story: How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger

√ “Tossed Out: Food Waste in America” 29 min. video from NET Nebraska/Harvest Public Media. Site includes 3, 2-3 min. clips: “Inside a Landfill,” “Food Waste in the Family Home,” “Trash to Glass.”

√ GleanSLO volunteers – part of San Luis Obispo County, CA, Food Bank – rescue food from stores, fields and back yards and give it to agencies for distribution. GleanSLO.org

5 Things I Learned While Lobbying Congress on Food Waste

√ Lutheran World Relief and ELCA Hunger videos  http://lwr.org/videos  http://www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-World-Hunger

MORE Resources

Making Applesauce – Gerald Iversen’s blog about his recent gleaning experience.

Full Frame [Link TV]: Eradicating Hunger, includes segment at end on gleaning

Why People Are Falling in Love with “Ugly Food” – TIME, March, 2015


Part 2 — Episode 77: Fighting for Clean Water with Paula Wansa, 9/15 [Preview]

VIDEO–Thirsty for Justice: The Struggle for the Human Right to Water

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  • Episode 75: Jim Goetsch, Friends of the Third World, digging at the roots of  poverty since 1972, a Fair Trade shop and training center in Fort Wayne, IN.

    In addition to job-training for needy people in Fort Wayne, the house of the Friends of the Third World helps sell products made by exceptional enterprising groups in the Third World, including the Bombolulu Workshop for the Handicapped in Mombasa, Kenya, as well as trying to help Nicaraguan Medical Aid.

    For more information, visit FriendsOfTheThirdWorld.org.


    Sharing the Dream in Guatemala // Podcast

    Jim and Marion were my hosts on a speaker tour, spring, 2007. Read about my visit at Post #231. 

  • Episode 74: Glen Gersmehl, Lutheran Peace Fellowship — LPF is a community of believers who support one another in our efforts to bring about God’s Shalom in our lives, congregations, communities, nation and world, responding to the gospel call to be peacemakers and justice seekers.

    For much more information, visit LutheranPeace.org.

    Glen Gersmehl’s efforts for justice and peace were shaped by seven year’s work with older people in NY City’s highest poverty and crime areas. It led to his extensive involvement in organizing and advocacy efforts.  Another focus for Glen has been sharing what he has learned about organizing and social change.  He has led 800 workshops and taught nine college courseson peace and justice concerns; he also directed a university peace studies program, an in-service teacher training program for 60 schools, and the nation’s largest community leadership training center.  Among many widely-admired educational resources he has developed are participatorycomputer-based activities used by a million people.  Such peacemaking skills and experience led to his being chosen as the U.S. delegate to international meetings held in India to plan the UNDecade for Peace, the largest peace education (substitute “such”) program in UN history.

    MENTIONS: Fellowship of Reconciliation // Pax Christi // The Dandelion Insurrection – love and revolution (Nov 8, 2013) by Rivera Sun // Lutheran Peace Fellowship: Simple Living Resources // Worth Revisiting: Peace Day/Hiroshima Day, Aug.6

  • Episodes 72-73: John Seager, Pres. and CEO of Population Connection // Part 1: the basics of history, philosophy, programs, funding; Part 2: immigration, policies of Mexico, China and India, drastic forms of population control +much more // Since 1968, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG) has been America’s voice for population stabilization—the largest grassroots population organization in the United States, with over 40,000 members, and hundreds of thousands more supporters and participating educators! Population Connection advocates for universal, affordable access to birth control, educates tomorrow’s leaders about global population challenges, and mobilizes Americans who care about stabilizing population. They strive to achieve a sustainable balance between people and our planet. // John has been a guest lecturer at more than 50 colleges and has spoken to numerous environmental, religious, and community groups all across the U.S. on the environmental and human costs of rapid population growth. Seager was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the Clinton Administration and also served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA), a senior member of the House Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. A veteran of more than 50 political campaigns, Seager has authored numerous op-eds and articles on various aspects of population growth. Seager holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. // World Population Day
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    Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar –  SEPT.

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    Champions of Simple Living Today

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