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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

Plant-based Dairy with Miyoko Schinner

1/25/2021
Plant-based eating is here to stay. Most of us have heard about the health benefits and the environmental benefits of going plant based thanks to documentaries like “The Game Changers” and “What the Health.” While eating plant-based sounds great on paper, a lot of us wonder how you can possibly replace the unique taste of dairy products like butter and cheese. So, is dairy really the final frontier for plant-based eating? Miyoko Schinner thinks it is. Miyoko is the founder of Miyoko’s...

Duration:00:50:54

Understanding Our Grandmothers' Recipes With Hawa Hassan

1/18/2021
Nothing makes you feel quite as warm, fuzzy, and cozy as eating some of your comfort foods from childhood. What is it about these meals that is so magical? How can they bring us meaning and connection even across oceans and decades? Hawa Hassan has spent her life exploring the magical power of family memories and recipes. She turned this experience into a marvellous cookbook called “In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the...

Duration:00:38:34

Demystifying Diet With Brooklynne Palmer

1/11/2021
We’ve all heard the phrase, health is wealth. We know that how we eat is one of the biggest things that determines how healthy we are, but it seems like eating healthy is such a moving target sometimes. There’s new studies, trends, and diets coming out every week and it can be genuinely hard to separate fact from hype and misconception when it comes to the seemingly simple act of feeding ourselves. Why is it so hard to figure out what to eat? Brooklynne Palmer is a medical student with a...

Duration:01:07:14

Growing Your Own Food with Epic Gardening

1/4/2021
When it comes to sustainability, the holy grail a lot of people dream about is growing your own food. What better way to eliminate food miles, cut out the pesticides, and become self sufficient, right? However, as anyone who has ever tried gardening can attest, it’s pretty intimidating at the start. Knowing what to plant, when to plant, and how to get started requires a lot of research. Once you get going you realize that it’s not as simple as just putting something in the ground and...

Duration:00:54:53

Diversifying Wellness with Maryam Ajayi

12/28/2020
What is wellness and who is it for? Outside of the colorful healthy smoothies and Lululemon branded yoga classes we see on our Instagram feeds, what does wellness really mean in 2020? Maryam Ajayi has a lot to teach us about the wellness world and its blind spots when it comes to racial diversity and inclusion. She argues that the world and industry of wellness has a long way to go until it prioritizes the health and wellness of all people. In this candid conversation she shares her...

Duration:00:48:02

Humanizing the Food System With Real Food Real Stories

12/21/2020
Real Food Real Stories is an organization on a mission to humanize our food system, one story at a time. We sat down with their founder and director to learn how they're using storytelling to make food more just and sustainable in the long run. Episode Show Notes: websiteInstagrampodcastDiaspora CoEatwell Farminterview How We Show UpPavlovaMorning Sun

Duration:00:38:58

Appreciating African Cooking with Kess Eshun

12/14/2020
Close your eyes and imagine you’re eating at a fine-dining restaurant for a special occasion. What cuisine are they cooking? French? Italian? Spanish? New American? Why not Ghanaian, Nigerian, or Ethiopian food? Which cuisines do we choose to elevate and which do we sideline or leave out of the conversation entirely? Today’s guest is Kess Eshun, a Ghanaian chef and pastry chef who makes a living creating magical meals that weave together her memories of growing up in Ghana with her...

Duration:01:12:01

The Truth About Chocolate with Ynzo Van Zanten

12/7/2020
We all love chocolate, but what do we actually know about where our chocolate comes from and how it’s made? The fact is that 70% of the world's chocolate is grown in West Africa, in an industry that currently employs more than 2 million child laborers. How did chocolate and child labor become so intertwined and what would a more ethical chocolate industry look like? We sat down with the chief chocolate evangelist from Tony’s Chocolonely, Ynzo Van Zanten, to find out. Episode Show...

Duration:00:41:27

The Economics of Farming with Noelle Fogg Elibol

11/30/2020
Everyone knows that farming is hard work, but a lot of us still fantasize about quitting our 9-5 and starting a small farm somewhere. So how hard is it to start farming, really? According to the USDA, only 1 out of 2 small farms survive beyond their first five years, and out of those, only 1 out of 4 survive after 15 years. Why is it so hard to make a living by growing food? To separate faring fact from farming fiction, we sat down with Noelle Fogg Elibol of Kitchen Table Advisors, a...

Duration:00:51:41

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