Foraged Fruit from Prague
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Foraging: An alternative food source

by Eurgain Phylip

Foraging for food is another way that you can save money, get outside and enjoy nature. Humans have been using the skill of foraging for centuries, but in the modern world of convenience we have detached ourselves from this skill. In recent years foraging has seen a resurgence and this past time is currently on an upward trend [1,2].

Countries leading the way

In the Czech Republic there is a tradition of foraging as a nation, especially mushrooms [3]. There are even specific websites for foraging such as Na Ovoce where you can find locations and information on the best places to find fruit and nuts to forage (along with other EU countries). Fruit and nut trees are abundant in the Czech Republic even more so in the city of Prague. Nearly every tree that you will see in the city is one where you can pick these tasty morsels to your heart’s desire.

There are a number of countries that have a long tradition of foraging that is often protected by law like Scotland and Estonia [4,5]. In Sweden there is a law called Allemansrätt the Right to Public Access / Freedom to Roam, where a person can roam freely in the countryside and collect flowers, mushrooms and berries as long as they have respect for nature and the animals living there.

Three rules for a forager: Continue reading “Foraging: An alternative food source”

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Vegetarian/vegan, what is the difference?

Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Budapest… European capitals are getting filled with vegetarian and vegan restaurants that offer veggie burgers, soy meat and cheese analogues. All these products are usually noticeable thanks to this emblematic green leaf that the vegetarians and vegans’ eyes are well trained to spot.

But what does all this mean exactly? Unless you are familiar with the topic, it is very probable that you get lost in all these concepts. Healthy lifestyle, organic, vegetarian, vegan, fair trade, gluten-free… same stuff!? Not really.

Here is a short guide that will help you to distinguish vegetarian and vegan diets among these current trends.

Continue reading “Vegetarian/vegan, what is the difference?”

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New focus for Office Cuisine!

Have you ever heard about the proverb “tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are”? Diets and culinary habits have a lot to say about individuals – and even entire societies! – and they are generally employed as sociological, anthropological and economic indicators capable of revealing the “spirit of the times” (zeitgeist).

Our dear modern times do not represent an exception.
In Western societies, the number of vegans and vegetarians has been drastically increasing in recent years (+500% vegans since 2014 in the U.S.(1), +360% vegans in the last 10 years in Britain(2), +987% increase of worldwide demand for vegetarian options in 2017(3)) to the point that they represent the main dietary mega trends of the 21st century. Continue reading “New focus for Office Cuisine!”

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Dumpster-divers – A reaction towards food waste (III)

(photo: Wei Tchou, 17/02/2010, via Wikimedia commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

Have you ever been curious enough to open a bin to see what kind of things we throw away everyday? You will be amazed by what is considered as ‘trash’ as soon as it is in the bin. Supermarket bins, for example, are full of edible food that has been thrown away because of a little spot, a weird shape, or because it was reaching the expiry date. Continue reading “Dumpster-divers – A reaction towards food waste (III)”

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You(th) and food waste (II)

For a youth (and, in this particular context, environmental) organisation, planning and organising events can be an exciting, fulfilling activity; but, at the same time, a challenging and demanding one. As mentioned in a well-known book about sustainable event management, “events create waste” [1]. We will focus here on food waste, because this is something that is sometimes overlooked by NGOs when organising a local or international project for young people. Continue reading “You(th) and food waste (II)”

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About food waste. Facing the challenge in Europe (I)

This month, the Office cuisine blog focuses on the topic of food waste, what we need to know about it and how we can act against food waste.

One third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year –  approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted; if just one-fourth of the food globally lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world [1]; in EU countries, food waste approximately amounts to 143 billion euros per year (almost Czech Republic`s GDP!); food wastage per capita amounts to 427kg in Saudi Arabia, 300kg in Indonesia, 277kg in the United States and 123kg in Europe. Continue reading “About food waste. Facing the challenge in Europe (I)”

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Inspiring vegan travel blogs

Travelling is an exciting experience that, however, well, makes you give up you habits for a while. It might be challenging, especially if you have any special dietary needs. So, what if you are passionate about travelling and decided to follow a vegan lifestyle? What if you travel to a place which is traditionally very “far away” from the idea of non-meat diet? Bloggers below (and many others) claim that becoming a vegan made their travelings even more fun and interesting. So, get inspiration and start to plan your future trip:

Burger Abroad – “I travel to eat food & love animals”. Amanda Burger is a solo full-time traveler, petsitter and vegan food lover. Written with great sense of humor, her blog is a perfect source of vegan-friendly places all over the world, but not only! During her years of journeys she accumulated plenty of information essential if you’re about to travel. Here you can find answers on any kind of questions, from vegan-city guides to packing, from tips on how to be a solo-traveler to how to have zero-waste, from advice about insurance to sightseeing. Amanda is also collecting pictures of her favorite food – vegan burgers from places she visited, check it out! 

https://www.burgerabroad.com/

https://www.facebook.com/burgerabroad/

Vegan World Trekker – “What I’ve found is that it is not as difficult as some may think to find veggie-friendly dining options.” Maria became vegetarian at the age of eight and 15 years ago, after attending a lecture on the topic of veganism, became a vegan. Passionate about travelling, she has a goal “to visit several countries(or regions) in the north, south, east, and west of every continent (except Antarctica).” In her blog she shares her experience with vegan restaurants worldwide. More than that you can be sure to find some useful tips about plane and airport food, vegan travel snacks, vegan skincare and wear and even vegan inns.

https://www.facebook.com/VeganWorldTrekker/ http://www.veganworldtrekker.com/about/

The Nomadic Vegan – “Be vegan anywhere. Spread compassion everywhere.” She started her blog to show people that to travel being vegan is possible. Wendy visited 98 (!) countries by now and wrote plenty of useful information about the secret of being vegan in any place. “It’s my mission to empower vegans and aspiring vegans to live their travel dreams without compromising their values”, says Wendy.

http://www.thenomadicvegan.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Nomadic.Vegan/  

Vegan travel – “Global vegan community”. Basically it’s a “public” space, where vegans can share their experience in travelling around the world. Instead of tracking travelling of only one person you have an insight of the whole community. All the contributors are having the aim to promote veganism and sustainable travelling. Here you can find blogs, vlogs, useful tips, travel guides around the entire planet, find vegan travel groups and even try blogging yourself!

https://www.vegantravel.com/groups/

https://www.facebook.com/vegantravel/

Diana Podgurskaia