A Tragic Paradox: The Hungry Food Worker

By guest author: Erin Meyer

(story originally posted on Land & Ladle on Medium)

Yawning and exhausted, Phil clocks out at the restaurant he works at, but he is not done for the day as he is headed to his second job at a nearby hotel. Behind him at the time clock is Annie, a full time student, whose hours were just cut from 30 to 20 hours per week leaving her wondering how she will have enough money for groceries for the week. John passes them sniffling; he knows he shouldn’t be serving food, but he does not receive sick days and cannot afford to take a day off. He greets Paul, a long-time employee, who has been with the company for five years. The restaurant has failed to keep their promise of raises and room for advancement, but Paul cannot find a better job so he sticks around.

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Waging War on Food Waste

By guest author: Erin Meyer

(story originally posted on Land & Ladle on Medium)

During the war, the government rationed sugar, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, meat and canned food and labor and transportation shortages led to low fruit and vegetables supplies. With the help of some powerful advertising, the government encouraged citizens plant Victory Gardens so that they would have fresh fruit and vegetables. The posters suggest that it is one’s duty to plant gardens and to not waste food.

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Super Cool Super-Charged Carbon Recyclers

By guest author: Erin Meyer

(story originally posted on Land & Ladle on Medium)

Did you learn, witness or experience anything jaw dropping today? Did you feel inspired? What excited you today?

I just finished reading Christiana Wyly’s jaw dropping blog entitled, “The Giant Leap Our Food System Must Make” in which she introduced me to Kiverdi, a tech company that sustainably transforms carbon dioxide into edible protein and oils using microbes.

Yes, you read that right and I will wait while you pick your jaw up off the floor.

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Ten Surprising Causes of Food Waste and How to Fix Them

By guest author: Erin Meyer

(story originally posted on Land & Ladle on Medium)

Organic waste is the second largest component of our landfills in North America, which contributes to methane emissions and thus, climate change. 30–40% of the American food supply is wasted. This equates to more than 20 pounds of food per person each month. Food waste is complex and there are many causes.

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Going Where the Need Is

By guest author: Erin Meyer

(story originally posted on Land & Ladle on Medium)

I have been having this conversation a lot lately:

Body builder at the gym: “Hey, are you new here? I have seen you around town.”

Me: “Yes, I recently moved here from Colorado.”

Body builder: “What?! You left Colorado, for Merced, California?! What for?”

Me: “I took a job with the University of California, Merced to launch CropMobster,”

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Today someone egged my car. Here is why I am mad.

By guest author: Erin Meyer

(story originally posted on Land & Ladle on Medium)

Today I walked outside to find that my trusty Honda had been egged. Someone threw a single egg leaving streaks and egg shells splattered across it.

I do not care much about my hardy Honda. While it has been with me through thick and thin and it has been a trooper mile after mile, it is simply a means of transport. It gets me where I need to go. So I don’t care that someone made a mess of it.

Here is why I am mad: Someone wasted an egg on my car.

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Food Waste is Kind of a Big Meal

By guest author: Erin Meyer

(story originally posted on Land & Ladle on Medium)

Globally, 40% of the food we produce goes to waste every year and that is totally bananas especially when 1 in 8 Americans is going hungry. Food waste is kind of a big meal because it wastes resources and exacerbates climate change.

Can we reduce our food waste? Kale yeah! We need to turnip the beet and raise awareness, increase our knowledge and demand change. Here are some tips:

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Want to Fight Hunger? It Takes a Village.

By guest author: Erin Meyer

(story originally posted on Land & Ladle on Medium)

$61,156.92. This is what I owe in student loans for my two, soon to be three, degrees. It would be even higher without some generous scholarships and grants and my own contributions.

I was fortunate enough to live at home for my first degree. Upon moving out for my second degree, working 30 hours per week while going to school full time made it hard to make ends meet and I relied on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) sometimes to get me through the month. I was, by definition, food insecure. I have now taken a job that pays enough so that I am no longer food insecure and in fact, it allows me help those that are food insecure.

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