Puttin’ that Food and Oil to Good Use

Anatomical drawing of apple tree branches, copyright public use found on Wikipedia We talk the oil road, picking’ fruit and other sustainable food initiatives in this one from the archives.

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Amy Beaith-Johnson: Operation Fruit Rescue

From June to October, Edmonton is a veritable oasis of fruit: apples, pears, and plums—not to mention succulent strawberries, raspberries and saskatoons—are all sitting there patiently, waiting to be plucked. But what happens to this bounty if nobody is around or able to harvest it? Enter: Operation Fruit Rescue—a non-profit, volunteer driven organization dedicated to reducing food waste and promoting locally grown food in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Terra Informa’s Nicole Wiart talks to Amy Beaith-Johnson, the driving force behind Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton, about the organization’s origin, its mission, and how it all works. More in this story: Operation Fruit Rescue Facebook Twitter

The Oil Road

Today, we have a story about a pipeline. Not a pipeline being planned, or protested, but one that had its own share of controversy when it was built over a decade ago.

Every single day, one million barrels of oil travels from landlocked Central Asia to the Mediterrenean. From there it flows through the trade routes, making British Petroleum—also known as BP—billions of dollars along the way. James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello travelled this oil road. They visited rural villages and shining new cities, all tied together by the incredible social forces generated by BP’s pipeline.

The Oil Road is also the name of their book, a travellogue and reflection on the state of the global oil industry. One of the co-authors spent a week in Edmonton in 2013. Hear stories of repressive governments, secret police, Canadian attack helicopters, and more.

People’s Potato

I’m sure many of us have expressed concern at the quality of food at public institutions like hospitals and schools. Terra Informa’s Miro Radovic had the chance to talk to K, a member of the People’s Potato — a student initiative started over a decade ago at Concordia University in Montreal to address several food related issues on campus. More Information: McGill The People’s Potato Dalhousie’s The Loaded Ladle 

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