A big thank you to everyone who came to the re-launch of our cooking demos! We had so much fun being back in all the markets! Chef Susen was thrilled to be able to share her recipes with such great crowds!
We served up tasty treats of Argula Crudite, Tropical Stir-Fry, a very special recipe from our own cookbook and a delicious vegen cheesecake!
If you were unable to make our demo, you are in luck! We are posting these delcious recipes right here for you! Be sure to check back to get all 4!
August is water quality month and the folks over at Surfrider have provided some pretty eye-opening facts for us. To get more involved in Surfrider's cause visit surfrider.org.
Water Quality Stats:
20,120 = the number of beach closures and swimming advisories issued in 2012 due to poor water quality
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 12 billion gallons of municipal wastewater effluent is discharged each day to oceans or estuaries.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 23,000-75,000 sanitary sewers overflow per year. Untreated sewage from overflows can contaminate our waters, causing serious water quality problems.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that up to 3.5 million people become ill from contact with raw sewage from sanitary sewer overﬂows each year.
In 2013, Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force conducted 3,127 water-quality tests around the country.
The average cost for a Surfrider Foundation Blue Water Task Force water quality test is only $7! (donate today!)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1.3 trillion gallons of raw sewage are dumped by combined sewer overflows every year.
Myth – If I don’t swallow water, I can’t get sick. Fact – While the primary route of exposure is through swallowing polluted water, eating without showering/washing your hands can cause pathogens to be swallowed. Cuts can become infected if not kept clean and dry. Exposure to polluted water can cause eye ear and sinus infections.
Myth – If the water isn’t brown, then it must be safe. Fact – Pathogens (disease-causing bacteria and viruses) are much too small to be seen by the human eye. Although brown water is an indication of pollution, even clear water can contain pollutants.
Native Foods is very excited about our partnership with an organization as rad as Surfrider. Surfrider, like Native Foods is very committed to environmental awareness. Stay tuned for some exciting events featuring and benefitting our Pals at The Surfrider Foundation.
Kyle Lishok of Surfrider:
1.) What is Surfrider's main goal?
Surfrider Foundation was founded by a group of environmentally minded surfers who were concerned about the water quality at their local surf break in Malibu, CA. Since then, we’ve grown into a worldwide network of volunteers and activists who fight to protect coastal areas, keep our waters clean, and beaches open to the public. Surfrider Foundation is a collective group of over 250,000 supporters, activists, and members worldwide — dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches.
2.) How did you become involved with Surfrider Foundation?
Growing up in Orange County, I've always had a respect and appreciation for the environment. From camping trips in Mammoth and Joshua Tree to surf trips in Mexico, I’ve been privileged to experience some wonderful places growing up. Preserving these beautiful and meaningful places for people to recreate is something I hold very close to my heart. When I had the opportunity to work with Surfrider Foundation after graduating college, there was no question in my mind that it was a wonderful opportunity. It is an absolute privilege to work for this organization — I get to work alongside amazing volunteers and spend each and every day helping protect and preserve the environment that we love.
3.) What is your favorite part about working with this organization?
The volunteers. What makes Surfrider unique is its grassroots network of volunteers and activists. Each day, I have the privilege of interacting with some of the most passionate and hard-working people that I’ve met in my life — people who dedicate countless hours of their free time to protect the places they enjoy, our beaches and waterways.
4.) What are the little things people can do that make a big difference?
Turn off the tap, take shorter showers, and take advantage of reusable packaging — reusable water bottles, bags, and more. Small changes are a great step towards preserving our coastal environments.
5.) What does Surfrider see as the biggest threat to our oceans, rivers and lakes?
From Surfrider's perspective of coastal users, water quality continues to be the biggest threat. Agricultural and urban run-off threaten human and ecosystem health as well as marine life. The emerging threat is global warming, which poses a hazard to fragile ocean ecosystems like coral reefs and also threatens marine life.
6.) Do you think environmental awareness has improved over the years and people are becoming more conscious?
Absolutely. Thanks to those who truly care for our coastal environments—our passionate activists and volunteers—we are making positive changes to improve the health of our oceans and marine environments. As more people learn about coastal issues, they become empowered to take action. Sadly, though, there is still much more work to be done. We must always continue to educate the public on the issues affecting our coasts and encourage more people to take action to protect the environments we love for years to come. Anyone who wants to make a difference can help — donate, become a member, or volunteer with a local Surfrider Chapter today!
In honor of the Lollapolooza music festival in Chicago this weekend, let's throw it back and play tribute to one of our favorite vegans, Andre 3000 of Outkast, and wish him luck performing tomorrow night as a headliner!