July 23, 2015

It's time we do something about all that waste

Let's stop the waste, shall we?

Those of you who know me well that one of my pet peeves is food waste. I don't like waste in general, but I especially have a problem with food waste. We throw away tremendous amounts of food in the world.

Food waste is bad in so many ways, and I can talk about it for hours. 

However, to me it's just not about throwing away food, it's also about using food inefficiently, or not taking care of bits and pieces that are good except we don't know about it. 

The leaves on radishes are one example. Radishes often come with the green still attached to them, and like most, I used to cut these leaves off and throw them away - until  I learnt from a Persian woman that the leaves are delicious*. 

I am happy to see that the world is starting to open their eyes to this. John Oliver talked about Food Waste on Late Night recently - and he is a master when it comes to illustrating a problem. Yes, he jokes about it, and I am not saying his language always is suitable for every viewer, but he reads up on what he talks about.

A summary for those of you who are too busy to watch:

  • We overproduce food, which is very bad for the environment.
  • We throw away food that shouldn't be thrown away - bad for our environment.
  • Have "beauty requirements" for our food which makes us throw away perfectly good food - bad for the environment.
  • A lot of food never even makes it to the market - because it isn't pretty enough. Bad for the environment
  • Food left to rot produces greenhouse gases - bad for the environment
  • We waste so much food that it's like buying four bags of food and throwing away one of them. Bad for the environment.

According to this video, 40% of the food produced in US is thrown away. I have heard numbers as high as up to 50%, but it all comes down to how you measure, what food you are looking at, if you look at what actually reaches the markets and supermarkets or if you look at the total produced, and much more. 40% is bad enough, or around 25% of the food we buy, we never eat. Not very good for the wallet - and terrible for the environment.

wrote about it before, in a post on Sustainable Eating and Cooking. And I am convinced I'll write about it again. The more I learn, the more it bugs me. 

* I should have known about the radish leaves, because the dears love them - but it never occurred to me that we could eat them. Now I know better; I rinse them and use in salads, they have a nice, peppery flavour. 

July 21, 2015

China 8 at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

China 8

The biggest Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition ever put together so far.
China in white text, on red background, with a black eight in the background.
China 8, Logo, Web

8 Cities

9 museums

One airport

Over 120 different artists 

And every last Friday of the month the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf offers English tours at the here in Düsseldorf, Germany.

This is a unique exhibition with many different types of Chinese contemporary art, and at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf we have a summary of the whole exhibition. There are so many fantastic and fascinating artists on display here, Lam Tungpang (林東鵬‭ in mandarin), Hu Jienming (胡介鸣), Huang Min (黃敏)  and many many more. 

Yes, you should definitely make your way to the other locations too, Museum Folkwang in Essen being one of them, with an interesting collection of contemporary art photography - Du Yanfang ( 杜艳芳) being one of my favourites in that exhibition, with her photos from daily life in China, with elements drawn into the photos, using traditional ink - much of the Chinese contemporary art picks up elements from traditional Chinese art, and that, to me, makes it even more interesting and inspiring. 

Go to every one of the 9 museums participating in this exhibition if you can.

However, if you can go to only one museum, why not chose the one museum that has a little bit of everything, the one museum where you can get a mesmerising summary of China 8. Come and join us at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. You really don't want to miss this. 

(And should the last day of the month not suit you, there is a possibility for your organisation or your group to book a private tour, at a time that suits you better, but for that you need to contact the museum directly, here (link in German, to the page for tour reservations).  

More about the whole exhibition and all the 9 museums, as well as the ticket which allows you to travel to and go to each and every one of them? Follow this link: China 8

Most of all I of course want you to come and join the tour, either one of the public ones - the last Friday of the month, at 8pm (20:00), until the exhibition closes in September- or book a private one for your group, here.  If you come to the museum for one of the public tours, the tour is included in the entrance to the museum - and in connection with the tour, RhineBuzz organises an English speaking get-together at the bar, open to everyone, also those who already saw the tour or want to save it for later. It's a brilliant opportunity to hear more about what's going on in the city - not the least for the new-comers.

So see you at Ehrenhof 2 in Düsseldorf, close to Tonhalle U-bahn stop on the 31 of July or August 28? The tour starts at 20. Very much looking forward to meeting you!

Huang Min View, review, 2010 (Detail) Oil on canvas 218 x 1600 cm © Huang Min
All photos in this post are part of the press materials from NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf (see link)