Leftovers: Leakey-Style

“One in every seven people in the world go to bed hungry, and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.”

That’s a very powerful and profound statement!

June 5 is World Environment Day and this year, the focus is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign. The theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions. Read more here.

Katy and Philip Leakey have made it their goal to lessen their negative impact on the earth as well as to create as much of a self-sufficent food supply as possible.  When asked “What are you doing that supports World Environment Day’s theme, Philip answered: ”Same thing we always do. Any scraps are set out for the animals. We make sure that all the little guys get fed too -  mongooses, genet cats, birds, insects … Everyone!  Nothing is wasted.”

Read below about other ways in which the Leakeys reduce their “foodprint.” shambaIn addition to raising their own veggies in their shamba (garden), they also grow fruit and avocados. (Guess you can’t take the California out of the girl!) They have become beekeepers and harvest their own honey.

Not only do they raise the more traditional livestock such as chickens and ducks, they have tanks full of growing and healthy tilapia! No fishing pole necessary.
The same spirit of conserve, reuse and recycle – NOTHING IS WASTED as Philip stated – that led the Leakeys to design jewelry from grass, motivates them to be creative and thoughtful about using leftovers. In this case, the nutrient rich water from the tilapia tanks serves as a hydration source for their gardens.

Not even the leftovers from the processing of the Marula oil is wasted. The pulp from the fruit is used for Marula jam and chutney, and after some research and a bit of trial and error, they developed a food that causes the tilapia to thrive – the seed cake left over from the processing of Marula oil. The fish love it!

Maybe it’s time to think beyond using those leftovers in the refrigerator.

Please let us know what plans and ideas you have to “Think.Eat.Save.”



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