Green Matters: Addressing food and waste woes with ‘ecopreneurship’

As the author of two groundbreaking “green” books, An A-Z Guide for a Green Pinoy and An A-Z Guide for a Green Chef, Ms. Annie’s green advocacy is also emboldened in the practices of all companies under The Cravings Group, as it has been recognized recently with an ISO 14001. It is the first in the Philippines to receive such distinction after an audit by TUV Rheinland for the successful implementation of an Environmental Management System.

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She also counts, as among her most important pro eco-sustainability initiatives, the “Zero-Waste Management” campaign which simply puts fundamental ethical values into action. “It all begins with proper segregation. The country wouldn’t be facing such garbage management problem had the law on and practice of segregation been seriously followed at the crucial local or barangay levels,” she stressed.

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The Cravings Group, through its social arm Culinary Education Foundation, has been pursuing eco-sustainability goals by practicing composting, vermiculture, and aquaculture. Apart from enterprising recyclable materials like plastic spoons and soda can tabs, CEF also produces “Bokashi” (fermented organic fertilizer) which hastens the decomposition of kitchen and garden wastes.

Ms. Annie also said organic gardening can be done successfully even on cramped backyard spaces by using discarded plastic containers. The Edible Garden, she added, hopes to highlight and encourage self-reliance and sustainability―with the end of addressing poverty and lessen dependence on relief work for survival.

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The event also marked the official launch of “Cravings Goes Organic” weekend organic market last Nov. 16. Cravings Katipunan will be dedicating all Saturdays and Sundays exclusively for shoppers to avail the freshest and organically-grown farm produce and poultry staples. Organic eggs, kale, cauliflower, red cabbage, and Sagada oranges are among the best buys.

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