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Zeri Foundation Honored for Global Coffee to Mushrooms Initiative

The Specialty Coffee Association of America, the world’s largest membership organization of coffee traders, roasters and distributors/coffee shops, decided last weekend to give their Annual Sustainability Award to the ZERI Foundation for the coffee-waste-to-mushrooms project they initiated in Colombia and developed in Zimbabwe with connections to India.

Our congratulations to Gunter Pauli, founder and director of Zeri (Zero Emissions Research Initiative) and author of the Zeri Fables children’s book series and Upsizing: The Road to Zero Emissions, More Jobs, More Income, and No Pollution.

With 8,000 coffee-heads expected to attend, the SCAA’s next conference will be held on April 16-19 in Atlanta. They will spend one hour plenary session on the “coffee to mushroom” initiative.

In Gunter’s words:

We started this 14 years ago, there are an estimated 10,000 mushroom farmers now in Colombia, Chido from Zimbabwe who started learning about mushrooms when she was 12 in one of ZERI’s programs with Prof. Shuting Chang from the Chinese University in Hong Kong, went to Colombia was trained there and then went to India, and shared her knowledge.

Read more about the Zeri foundation’s efforts to spread multicropping in Colombia, reducing coffee waste by using it to grow shiitake mushrooms.


Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre

With summer in full swing, many are making good use of their outdoor grills. Tender grass fed steaks or free range chicken are often the go-to options, but the possibilities for a grilled meal are endless. At the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a summer favorite is Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint sauce and […] Read More..

Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books

Where our food comes from and how it is grown matters. Having control over our food supply is key to a more resilient and sustainable future. A major part of Chelsea Green’s mission is to inspire you with ideas and practical tips. So whether you want to make the world’s best cheese; find a new […] Read More..

Turning Meat into Money: How to Raise and Sell it Ethically

The consumer demand for grassfed, pasture-raised, and antibiotic-free meats is on the rise, putting farmers and ranchers in a unique position to make a decent living on meat that is produced ethically. But, how exactly do you turn meat into money without resorting to the large-scale industrial techniques of today’s confinement-operations? Look no further than […] Read More..

How to Grow Strawberries Indoors

It’s strawberry shortcake season, which means strawberry harvesting season. But for those of you with no outdoor space for gardens, fear not—you can plant, weed, and harvest all from the comfort of your own home! That’s right: it is possible to grow strawberries indoors, from small spaces. According to R. J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh […] Read More..

Wild Edibles: 5 Tips for Beginner Foragers

Ever spotted a dandelion growing in your backyard and wondered, can I eat that? According to wild plants expert Katrina Blair, the answer is a resounding yes. And there are plenty of other commonly found weeds that fall into this category as well. In her book The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, Blair introduces readers to […] Read More..