Half of all US food produce is thrown away (left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill) because of unrealistic and unyielding “cosmetic food” standards.
According to a study by WWF, Dalberg, and the University of Newcastle, Australia, “on average, people could actually be ingesting approximately 5 grams of microplastics every week – that’s the equivalent of a credit card.”
Sneaker brand Koio has partnered with pastry chef Dominique Ansel to produce croissant-themed sneakers. According to Fast Company:
This may be the first-ever sneaker collaboration with a baker. And it is certainly the only sneaker inspired by a croissant on the market… The sneaker’s upper is made of calf leather that has the texture of eggshells, flour-white suede, patent leather the color of yellow butter, and detailing on the toe and heel that looks like sugar. To top everything off, the laces come adorned with a rose-gold croissant accent.
They can be yours for only $348. Oh, and each pair also comes with a package of Dominique Ansel pancake mix.
One reason spicy foods are common in hot countries is that spicy foods make you sweat, which in turn helps you cool down faster. It’s a phenomenon called “gustatory hidrosis.”
In 2015, Whole Foods tried to sell Asparagus Water for $6 (literally three stalks of asparagus in a bottle of water). Twitter users made fun of the company for selling such a ridiculously pricey item. The company’s CEO then issued an apology and pulled off the product from the shelves.
There is a cafe in Amsterdam where children cook and serve. Kinderkookkafé is a family restaurant that is run entirely by children: they cook, serve, bring the bill and wash up, all with a little help from adults. Parents leave their children in the afternoon and when they come back, they try what the children have prepared.
Chicken produced in US has been banned in the EU since 1997 as it is washed in a strong chlorine solution. The chlorine washing is popular in US due to poor hygiene standards in abattoirs.
Over 1/4th of global hazelnut production is bought by an Italian company to make Nutella.
A 1996 federal law allows restaurants to donate leftover food without getting sued, and nobody has ever filed a lawsuit against a restaurant over donated leftovers.