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Newsflash — We have a waste problem in this country. Want proof? In the United States, about 40% of our food supply goes to waste. And that’s just food. We know it's easy to get overwhelmed by how wasteful we are in modern America. Maybe what's missing is some hope, some inspiration, and a helpful way to get started on the path to a more sustainable lifestyle. Welcome to Unwasted — a podcast all about inspiring everyone to live less wasteful, more meaningful lives. Each week, we hear the powerful stories of people on a mission to end our addiction to waste. We’ll have conversations full of food-for-thought, fun facts, and actionable tips, tricks, and recipes that you can try at home. Because while we all may not see eye to eye on everything, the one thing we can agree on, is that we only have one life, one planet, and it would be a shame to waste any of it. So join us, every week, on Unwasted with Imperfect.

Newsflash — We have a waste problem in this country. Want proof? In the United States, about 40% of our food supply goes to waste. And that’s just food. We know it's easy to get overwhelmed by how wasteful we are in modern America. Maybe what's missing is some hope, some inspiration, and a helpful way to get started on the path to a more sustainable lifestyle. Welcome to Unwasted — a podcast all about inspiring everyone to live less wasteful, more meaningful lives. Each week, we hear the powerful stories of people on a mission to end our addiction to waste. We’ll have conversations full of food-for-thought, fun facts, and actionable tips, tricks, and recipes that you can try at home. Because while we all may not see eye to eye on everything, the one thing we can agree on, is that we only have one life, one planet, and it would be a shame to waste any of it. So join us, every week, on Unwasted with Imperfect.

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Newsflash — We have a waste problem in this country. Want proof? In the United States, about 40% of our food supply goes to waste. And that’s just food. We know it's easy to get overwhelmed by how wasteful we are in modern America. Maybe what's missing is some hope, some inspiration, and a helpful way to get started on the path to a more sustainable lifestyle. Welcome to Unwasted — a podcast all about inspiring everyone to live less wasteful, more meaningful lives. Each week, we hear the powerful stories of people on a mission to end our addiction to waste. We’ll have conversations full of food-for-thought, fun facts, and actionable tips, tricks, and recipes that you can try at home. Because while we all may not see eye to eye on everything, the one thing we can agree on, is that we only have one life, one planet, and it would be a shame to waste any of it. So join us, every week, on Unwasted with Imperfect.

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English


Episodes

Hetal Vasavada of Milk and Cardamom

11/23/2020
It's safe to say the world is pretty obsessed with food blogs and Instagram pages these days. Have you ever wondered: "who runs these pages and how do they end up making amazingly beautiful food and recipes for a living?" Meet Hetal! After burning out on her career in health care, she ended up as a contestant on season 6 of Master Chef, which launched her into the world of food media. Since then, she has published a cookbook of Indian-Inspired desserts that’s been featured in the New York...

Duration:01:18:41

Eliminating Ocean Plastic with Mimi Ausland

11/16/2020
The United Nations Environmental Program recently estimated that "for every square mile of ocean" there are about "46,000 pieces of plastic." Many of us have seen the truly sobering videos and photos of the Pacific garbage patch, which is twice the size of Texas. To help us understand the thorny problem that is plastic pollution in our oceans, we're chatting with Mimi Ausland, a passionate activist and founder of Free the Ocean, an organization dedicated to getting plastics out of our...

Duration:00:47:55

Farming for the Future with Yemi Amu of Oko Farms

11/9/2020
What should the future of agriculture look like? What if instead of focusing on growing food to feed our cities, we pivoted to growing food within our cities? This seemingly revolutionary concept is the inspiration behind a growing number of urban farms across the country. To learn more about the power and possibilities presented by growing food in a modern American city, we sat down with Yemi Amu, founder of Oko Farms in Brooklyn. In our thought-provoking conversation we cover: Get ready...

Duration:00:52:58

The Love, Art, and Business of Food With Lachelle Cunningham

11/2/2020
What's it like to be a Black food entrepreneur in 2020? To understand this better, we're joined by a true culinary Renaissance woman of the Twin Cities. Lachelle Cunningham runs a catering business in Minneapolis, runs culinary education at the Good Acre, and is an advocate for food as a tool for economic development and better health. In this conversation we cover: This episode touches on a tapestry of fascinating topics at the intersection of food, entrepreneurship, race, history, and...

Duration:00:57:30

Redefining Healthcare With Dr. Tiffany Lester

10/26/2020
Is our country's obsession with health actually making us healthier? Even before COVID-19 hit, health and wellness in modern America was big business, and a growing feature of our social media feeds. However, is our society focused on the right aspects of health or are we viewing it in a healthy way? This week we're getting a refreshingly holistic take on the world of health. Dr. Tiffany Lester is here to shed some light on this complex and often misunderstood field, including: In a year...

Duration:00:42:37

Farming as Healing with Amber Tamm

10/19/2020
How can growing food heal us and ground us in a world that seems to have gone crazy? After the devastating trauma of her father murdering her mother while she was in school, Amber Tamm lost herself, and then found herself, in the world of farming. Today she's a floral designer, horticulturist, and farmer in New York City focused on nourishing a better food system, one plant at a time. In this fearless conversation she shares: If you're looking to understand agriculture, race, or American...

Duration:00:52:52

The Future of Nonprofits with Robert Egger

10/12/2020
Have you ever wondered why hunger in America is such a persistent problem, despite all of the volunteer hours, money, and yes, food, that nonprofits throw at it every year? If so, this episode will drop some much-needed knowledge on you. Robert Egger is a nonprofit icon, speaker, and activist who founded DC Central Kitchen as well as LA Kitchen. He has won a Humanitarian Award from the James Beard Foundation, been named one of LA Weekly’s People of the Year, as well as an Oprah angel, and...

Duration:01:00:41

The Science of Flavor With Nik Sharma

10/2/2020
Have you ever wondered how the science of cooking works? After falling in love with cooking as a grad student, Nik Sharma discovered a lifelong passion for using science to better understand food and to better understand science. Today he uses his dual expertise in science and cooking to teach home cooks how to up their game via his writing on Serious Eats and via his blog, A Brown Table. He's also the author of a truly stunning and informative cookbook called Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful...

Duration:00:52:13

Feeding Your Community with Princess Haley of Appetite for Change

9/23/2020
What does it take to create positive change where you live? How can we heal as individuals and communities after experiencing trauma? Princess Haley has spent her life courageously answering these questions. She's one of the founders of Appetite for Change, an organization in North Minneapolis focused on using food to create health, wealth, and social change. In this truly moving discussion we cover: This episode is a timely way for us all to better understand what's happened in 2020...

Duration:00:47:17

Redefining Black Food with Chef Mimi

9/10/2020
What type of food do Black chefs cook? Answering this question in an empowering and authentic way has become Chef Mimi's life's work. After going to culinary school and not seeing herself or her culture represented in the curriculum, Chef Mimi knew she needed to prove to the world that Black chefs cook more than just barbecue and soul food. In this thought-provoking conversation about the powerful intersections between race, cuisine, and culture we explore: Get ready to see diversity in...

Duration:01:03:44

Overcoming Food Allergies with Denise Woodard

9/3/2020
What can you eat if you have multiple food allergies? For many Americans, the answer is "unfortunately, not very much." When Denise Woodard found out her daughter had multiple serious food allergies, she was frustrated with the taste and nutritional profile of the snacks she could still eat. To solve this problem, she took matters into her own entrepreneurial hands and founded Partake Foods. Partake Foods makes cookies that are free of the top 8 allergens, made with simple, delicious...

Duration:00:38:23

Reimagining Food Media With Compound Butter Magazine

8/25/2020
What's it like to run a food magazine, anyway? After seeing a lack of representation of women in the food world they so admired, cousins Jessica and Jaya teamed up to create Compound Butter, a new magazine all about food, art, and the surprising connections between them. From humble beginnings as a project in art school, Compound Butter has grown to a charmingly eclectic magazine with issue themes like "Booze Cruise," "Fantasy," and "Girls Club." In this episode Jaya and Jessica...

Duration:01:04:32

Cooking with More Veggies with Trishna Saigal of Down to Cook

8/17/2020
Have you ever felt stumped by how to turn the random assortment of veggies in your fridge into a full meal? We've all been there. Trishna Saigal took this familiar feeling of not knowing how to turn a veggie into dinner and transformed it into an exciting new food company. She is the founder of Down to Cook Foods, a company that empowers people to turn their favorite (or least favorite) veggies into easy, delicious, and protein-packed meals. She shares what inspired her to start her own...

Duration:00:46:00

Understanding Intersectional Environmentalism With Leah Thomas

8/10/2020
How is environmental justice related to racial justice? After seeing how much race and people of color were left out of the mainstream environmental movement, Leah Thomas knew she needed to advocate for a more inclusive form of environmentalism. Today she's a thoughtful advocate for intersectional environmentalism who insists that every environmentalist should be anti-racist. In our chat we explore: This episode is packed with compassion, wisdom, and hope and will change the way you think...

Duration:00:43:46

Making Space for Civic Life with Manny Yekutiel

8/3/2020
How do we better political conversations? What does it mean to be meaningfully involved in our community? To answer these questions, Manny Yekutiel set out to create a one-of-a-kind events space, cafe, and bookshop in San Francisco's Mission district. The result was Manny's, a central and affordable place to become a better informed and more involved citizen. In this episode, Manny explains how compelling physical spaces are essential to making civic engagement more accessible and why we...

Duration:00:41:02

Re-thinking Meat Consumption with Misfit Foods

7/27/2020
Why is eating less meat important to address climate change and how do you convince people to do it? Environmental entrepreneurs Phil Wong and Dave Betts built a one-of-a-kind business around answering this question. Their company Misfit Foods started as a juice company that upcycled ugly fruits and vegetables and evolved into a sausage company aimed at getting people to eat less meat and more vegetables. In our conversation, we explore what motivated this quirky pivot and talk about what...

Duration:00:48:43

Ending our Diet Obsession With Reshaunda Thornton

7/20/2020
Americans have a complicated relationship with food. We obsess over food television, recipes, and cookbooks, and simultaneously grapple with dietary problems like obesity, anorexia, diabetes, and heart disease. There are seemingly more diets and diet books every year, yet it doesn’t feel or seem like we’re getting any healthier. Why is this? To unpack our country's unhealthy love-hate relationship to food we sat down with Reshaunda Thornton, the dietician against diets. In her book, TED...

Duration:01:09:00

Connecting Plate to Planet with Impossible Foods

7/9/2020
Have you ever wondered why plant-based meats like the Impossible burger are having such a moment right now? What's the beef with beef, anyway? How could an innocent hamburger be so bad for the environment? To get to the bottom of this, we sat down with some of the Impossible Foods team to talk about the environmental impact of the meat industry and how alternatives like Impossible have truly revolutionary implications for our environment. They share why their mission to re-imagine the...

Duration:00:46:27

Food, Feelings, and the Meaning of Wellness with Sophia Roe

5/18/2020
After fibbing her way into the restaurant world, Sophia Roe has become a one-of-a-kind wellness advocate, and self-described food & feelings enthusiast. Today, she helps folks build healthier relationships to food and themselves and we were incredibly excited to finally have her on our podcast. In this fun and passionate conversation Sophia generously shares her philosophy on food and principles for living better. She lays out the techniques and principles that anyone can use to become a...

Duration:01:08:55

Addressing Hunger in America with Susannah Morgan of the Oregon Food Bank

5/11/2020
The work food banks do to feed Americans who have fallen on tough times has taken on a whole new significance because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. One of the saddest and most frustrating ironies of food waste in the US is that we waste close to 40% of our food supply every year while one in seven Americans struggles with hunger. Working to bridge the gap between these two tragic failings of our food system is our nation's network of food banks. Susannah Morgan is the CEO of the Oregon...

Duration:00:52:30