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What’s up!
It’s been over a year, almost two, since our last post.

Since then we’ve arranged encore ReThink festivals and craftivism in Berlin and Marcala. We’ve fought for the future, done more fashion revolutioning, cleaned up neighborhoods, organized Easy Piece Open World Collaborations and are about to open Kaffemacken Tankar, a permanent space for coffee artivism in Malmö, Sweden next year (2020)!

News updates and documention have been uploaded to our website, Facebook and instagram. And in the future that’s most likely how it will be…

So, see you there, if not here! ❤


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ReThink Festival slowly goes global in general and in Honduras in particular

Posted by Runa Juhanisdotter

It’s been a very exciting winter for ReFashionReFood and the ReThink movement. After participating with a Challenge during OSCE Days (Open Source Circular Economy), with a brainstorming workshop on how to spread the ReThink Festival globally, we’ve started the work on the open source DIY manual, we’ve held events in Manchester (UK) plus Marcala (HN) and sister festivals in Vejle (DK) and Los Angeles (US) are in the tube.

We’re increasing our presence in Honduras. Besides strengthening ties and deepening our collaboration with COMSA International School in Marcala, we’re teaming up with Catracha Coffee and their community in Santa Elena, 25 kilometers southwest of Marcala towards the El Salvador border.

Photo: Runa Juhanisdotter © All rights reserved

Santa Elena is set in an enchanting, secluded mountain landscape, some 1600 metres above sea level, where coffee and corn fincas fight against the elements and climate change. The small village is like something straight out of a cool spaghetti western with adobe houses painted in bright colors, macho men wearing sombreros on strong horses, cows and chicken walking freely and chuchas (mutts) roaming the dusty streets, sometimes in howling packs.


Right there in the center of the ‘pueblo’, a vibrant and inspiring project is taking shape. This is where Mayra (native to Santa Elena) and Lowell Powell are building Catracha Coffee, a community and social enterprise dedicated to accessing the specialty coffee market for small, local coffee farmers. A patient, loving project with a mission that goes beyond coffee to promote prosperity for women and the next generation in Santa Elena.

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Catracha Coffee participated in the ReThink Festival Marcal on February 3 and the plan is to arrange a festival in Santa Elena as well next year. Moreover, we’re initiating fruitful collabs within Catracha’s business incubator, through projects like BunnyMission and Bybaba Fiber Circus. And since we’re movin’ n’ grovin’ our way into speciality coffee, of course we’ll collaborate on that cup as well. Catracha Coffee is another brilliant example of excellent coffee for a cause. What else? Well, since Mayra and Lowell run a cool artist-in-residency program, some joint artivism is also on the horizon.


In times of increasing political turmoil, climate change and social injustice, creative action and skill sharing are key. This winter Ela Roth and I, had the pleasure to hold training workshops on how to make global impact sock bunnies and how to knit at Catracha. We also had the honor to visit the new local high school in Santa Elena to give a really cool upcycling workshop and to give a talk on the pressing need to build international grassroot networks and sustainable, local communities.

Photo: Ela Roth © All rights reserved

Photo: Ela Roth © All rights reserved

Photo: Ela Roth © All rights reserved

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Photo: Runa Juhanisdotter © All rights reserved

Photo: Runa Juhanisdotter © All rights reserved

ReThink Festival slowly goes global in general and in Honduras in particular

Another Story from Honduras – The Tale of Peace Grenades and Grassroot Victory in the early nineties

Posted by Runa Juhanisdotter

Honduras is a country in political turmoil since the fraudulent election last November. I’ve been here since the week before the election, teaching at COMSA International School and preparing for the ReThink Festival Marcala. Protests and strikes have been sweeping the country in waves and authorities are striking back with more oppression and violence. Yesterday’s protests in the mayor cities once again brought blood and the tragic murder of an opposition leader. But here in Marcala a peaceful march for Fair Trade and organic farming, and against child labor, exploitation, toxic practices, corruption, pollution, landgrabbing, deforestation, big money, blind consumption and brain washing took place simultaneously.

Marcala is about to become the first Fair Trade City in Honduras and I will tell you more about that, about the current political tension, the ReThink Festival, COMSA International school, about organic speciality coffee and social change in the spirit of Elías Sanchez’ hands-on philosophy The Human Farm. But not today. Today I will recite an inspiring story of people power as told by Katie Smith in her book (that I higly recommend) ‘The Human Farm: A Tale of Changing Lives and Changing Lands.’ This is the story of a “peace grenade” –a small pinecone that helped trigger a country-wide explosion in Honduras in the early nineties.

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This beautiful artifact represents the power of an unprecedented movement fueled by ecology minded groups that in the winter of 1992 marched in thousands, carrying pinecones, and managed to send packing a multi-national US American timber harvester by the name Stone Container Corporation. The company had contracted a 40 year concession with the Honduran government to log the nation’s tropical pine forest reserves of La Mosquitia.

The victory was the result of massive, angry protests that took the shape of graffiti, marches and public speeches. It demonstrated that peasant farmers, indigenous people, environmentalists, and other marginalized groups had learned to wield a powerful new weapon; public opinion.

It all began in 1991 with the government of Honduras and Stone Container making an agreement to develop one million hectares of forest, in order to produce and export wood chips to the United States and other countries. The deal was said to create three thousand jobs, and potentially double Honduras foreign exchange earnings while improving the forests themselves through a program of selective harvesting, reforestation, and afforestation. Stone Container would not compete with Honduran logging companies, but rather salvage residue and create a market for pulp.

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Honduras has a history lined with patterns of direct foreign investment and old-boy deals established by banana magnets like Sam Zemurrai. But this time the deal didn’t fly. Hondurans just didn’t buy it. A heated national debate took off. The national college of professional foresters declared the accord illegal. The indigenous Mosquitia community saw economic benefits in the action and wanted their stake. National and international environmentalists, backed up by media, condemned the accord. Stone Container tried improving public relations, claiming they wanted to help local people harvest the forest and create their own wealth.

The media weren’t convinced. A newspaper editorial accused the government and Stone Container of deceit and argued that the forests were a national, public good. A local radio announcer called on protesters to carry “peace grenades” in the form of small pinecones and practically overnight, thousands of citizens began bearing cones on their vehicles or persons. There were weekly demonstrations, people blocked off the streets and there was amazing public pressure. The controversy was on the front page of all four local newspapers everyday.

The people of La Mosquitia wanted partnership; the environmentalists wanted preservation; the foresters wanted due process; the tax payers wanted clean politics; and, in the end, the dealmakers wanted out. End of February 1992 the government announced that negotiations with Stone Container were suspended for “technical reasons” and “in the interest of the public”. Environmentalists declared victory, and the people of La Mosquitia acquired confidence, motivation and determination to continue to fight for their rights to the forest.

Smith, Katie. The Human Farm: A Tale of Changing Lives and Changing Lands, Kumarian Press Books for a World That Work, p. 92 – 94, 1994

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Honduran ‘peace grenades’
Pinecones on the grounds of Finca La Fortaleza – Café Orgánico Marcala’s demonstration farm
Pictures by Runa Juhanisdotter

Another Story from Honduras – The Tale of Peace Grenades and Grassroot Victory in the early nineties

For a Better World Manga

It’s seems like the world is becoming more and more divided, but many good initiatives are finding each other and joining forces. We are happy to have teamed up with ‘For a Better World’ and are looking forward to working together on various projects, activities and actions. If you attended the ReThink Festival on July 1 in Berlin, you probably already met them and learned about their cool manga project, created to inspire positive actions in order to change the world into a better place. Their manga adventure is now published and we invited them to present it here at ReFashionReFood – Be The Change.

Blog contribution by ‘For a Better World’

“Apparently, human race cannot find the solution to the acceleration of environment destruction, wars, corruption and human rights violations.

For a Better World Manga has 111 pages of adventure, fiction and reality in a thrill of actions that gives chills. The background images are unique and the futuristic looking of figures reminds of science fiction movies.


But there is something really disturbing about the general setting. Whilst the heroes’ looks are fictive, all the chapters are based on real life stories. It is all about the world we live in, the problems and solutions presented in a very original and dramatic way.

In the story three heroes are on a quest to make the world a better place. They fight against a group of powerful evil men in black, who represent all that is wrong in the world and are at the roots of the world’s problems.fbw-powerownersAll background scenery photos, with a few exceptions, are our own unique photos.

We travelled around the world for the last four years to see the state of the planet with our own eyes. At the end of this period we created For a Better World – a worldwide community aimed at bringing peace, social justice and environment protection.

We did extensive research and linked our findings to what we saw during our travel. We made a selection of more then 200 documents collected from media and institutional sources and wrote the text ‘Unveiling the Hidden Reality”. This documents are unveiling the mechanisms by which domination and exploitation takes place on earth. This text became the theoretical background of our Manga.

Before visiting the last country of our trip, Japan, we had the idea of creating a Japanese style Manga. It would be an original vehicle to present our findings in a dramatic and expressive way.

We did not know how to develop this idea and thought its accomplishment would be almost impossible. First of all we are not skillful enough to paint or make Manga drawings. Secondly we did not have any funds to pay an artist to do it. The possibility of having our own manga was compromised. It was during a casual visit to the Manga Museum that we found out about a computer aided Manga graphic design software. Our project was ready to take off.The Manga is now for sale on our website. We hope all will enjoy it and that it may help to make the world a better place.”

– For a Better World




For a Better World Manga

ReThink Festival in proud collaboration with COMSA and La Finca Humana

Posted by Runa Juhanisdotter

This year’s ReThink Festival, on July 1 in Prinzessinnengärten, will be in dynamic collaboration with COMSA (Café Orgánico Marcala S.A., Honduras) and the themes will be coffee and education.

On June 25, eleven representatives from COMSA Fairtrade Coffee Co-op and International School arrive and will be our guests in Berlin. You will have the opportunity to meet them in person, hear their inspiring story, learn about their philosophy and successful methods, and enjoy their exquisite coffee. After Berlin, we will travel on to Hamburg, Veilje (Denmark) and Gothenburg plus Borås (Sweden).


In February, Ela Roth, Angelica Vehmas and I went over to meet with Brian Olson – our ReThink team member and director of the film ‘La Finca Humana’ – and some very special coffee farmers and teachers. It was amazing to step right into the film and talk to all the people in real life and see all the places with our own eyes.



The trip was mindblowing! In the heart of a country rich of natural resources and breathtaking landscapes, but brutally ravaged by corruption, gang violence and poverty, grows a solid, peaceful movements for change. Our friends at COMSA run a very impressive operation and are determined to plant a new society in Honduras. The scale of the operation, their history, the work behind it and the vision are very impressive and we are excited to be able to host COMSA at the ReThink Festival and share La Finca Humana with you.

Meanwhile here’s an introduction…


”It all started with an idea, a big vision and four determined farmers getting together to talk in a garage.”

The garage-meetings led to the foundation of COMSA in 2001. A constellation of 60 farmers (12 women and 48 men,) with the mission to empower small farmers in the La Paz region, to earn a dependable income through sound business and sustainable agricultural practices. Today 1200 members are registered.

It happend as a reaction to the impossible conditions and a doubt towards conventional, chemical farming. At that time coffee was sold to local middle-hands, often at prices that did not even cover the farmers production costs. One of the primary founding objectives of COMSA was to seek out and promote new ways of thinking – both in production, moving from conventional to organic production; and in markets, moving from commercial to specialty buyers.


The transition from conventional to organic farming, as well as moving from commercial to specialty buyers, was hard for some farmers and many of the initial members dropped out of the cooperative. COMSA came to understand that they would need to recover the life in the soils that they had previoulsy been killing with toxic pesticides and fertilizers, before they could expect improvements in organic production, and began experimenting with micro-organisms.

Successes with micro-organisms encouraged the members to be more open to innovative organic practices, and led to the application of micro-organisms in compost, exploring the use of minerals, and the production of fermented live molecules.


Organic farming is at the heart of COMSA’s core values, consistent with their holistic vision:

“To be a competitive company, viable and known for quality coffee, managed with total transparency, gender equality and harmony with nature contributing to the improvement of living conditions of our members and their families.”

The heart and brain of the operation is the demonstration farm Finca La Fortaleza. It is a living, breathing model of how a coffee farmer can create closed loop systems to fully sustain their families through agriculture.

On the large, beautiful property there is coffee thriving under the shade of fruit trees, a coffee plant nursery, a fish pond, an animal farm, vegetable garden and green house, a facility for producing fertilizers and a chromatography lab to create organic fungicides and pesticides. Local farmers can bring in soil samples for analysis, and learn exactly what inputs their land needs to be optimally productive. There is an office, a hostel, a self-sustained restaurant and a lecture room where COMSA technicians educates farmers and school teachers from all over Latin America.


COMSA also runs their own bank and a store located in the town of Marcala. The store provides the COMSA community with a place to sell coffee, produce, warm lunches, treats, craft and various organic compost materials. They operate their own wet mill – where the coffee beans are separated from the cherries, washed and dried on flatbeds – a dry mill – where beans are dried mechanically – and a roastery and cupping facility – where the coffees are tested and scored. But their mission goes way beyond running a self-sustainable coffee cooperative and producting excellent coffee. It’s a movement.


The movement is rooted in the philosophy of Elías Sanchez La Finca Humana (The Human Farm) that advocates a shift in how we use our brains, and how we raise and educate our children. In order to plant a new society, we humans need to start observing, reflecting and thinking for ourselves. Not blindly repeating and copying. We need to learn how to collaborate and share instead of competing, and to avoid getting stuck in negative patterns and think positively and forward.

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COMSA talks about the necessary 5 M’s – the organic MatterMicro-organisms, Minerals, fermented live Molecules and the gray Matter – the human brain. This is where the changes needed are located. This is why they speak of organic agriculture as The Human Farm.

Firstly, COMSA wants to achieve changes in the producer, and to help them understand that they need to cultivate themselves.

“We realized and understood that organic agriculture was not just a coffee farm. To not only produce with organic soil, but that we had to have an attitude change. We had to intend to take care of the environment, the nature, the rivers, the trees, the forests, the birds, the animals.”

“First, we need to plant the seed in the human mind and then in the farm.”

Planting a new society, means giving children hope and opportunities to create and be innovative, to learn to think and collaborate. Since September 2016, COMSA runs their own bi-lingual school, where the children are in the center and everybody is learning in their own pace. Everybody is equal, values is on the schedule (honesty, solidarity, love, diversity, respect) and progressive methods like Glenn Doman’s flashcards are put into practice. Creative and innovative problem-solving and team work, open-air lessons, movement, art, music, play, positive thinking, sharing and hands-on gardening classes are key elements in the education.


The atmosphere in the class rooms is happy and filled with love, curiosity and trust. Children that cannot afford to enroll are sponsored with scholarships. COMSA supports other smaller social school initiatives in the La Paz Valley, like the outdoor kindergarten in Santa Cruz. Here children create art with flower petals, while listening to poetry, opera and music in foreign languages, and learn how to read with flashcards.

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COMSA is also empowering families in impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in the cities, by creating educational programs and giving them hope of a different future than joining a gang.

“When you put positive into the earth, you get positive in return. When you put negative into the earth, you get negative in return.”


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ReThink Festival in proud collaboration with COMSA and La Finca Humana

River of Light – an inclusive art project with focus on children’s rights

Posted by Runa Juhanisdotter
(Text in Swedish below.)

Image from River of Light 2016. Photo credit: Saria Dalain

Last Sunday in Gothenburg, I participated in a very special workshop facilitated by local artists at Akademin Valand, and met with organizers Behjat Omer Abdulla and Denise Langridge Mellion. Together with a happy mix of people of various ages and origin, I created a paper lantern for “River of Light”, a processsion that will take place in central Gothenburg on UN’s World Day of Social Justice, February 20, 2017.

The project is a social meeting point for unaccompanied minors, young people, families and art enthusiasts in Gothenburg, supported by Akademin Valand, B-Arts Staffordshire, A-venue and Göteborgs Stad. This is the second year it’s organized. The idea is to bring different cultures together and create a carnival feeling.

Gothenburg is a segregated city and Behjat and Denise see a need for informal meeting places in the city center to break isolation and create a spirit of community. Creative spots where people can connect and talk while working.

For Behjat, who came to Europe as a refugee some 16 years ago, art became a way to meet people, to get acquainted with the culture and enter society. ”It’s the small things that make you part of the community, nuances you can only learn from talking to other people”, he says. He hopes that ”River of Light” will bring newcomers and locals together.

During a string of workshop sessions leading up to the event, each participant will learn how to create their own lantern, which they can then carry on February 20. The procession will begin (at 16.30) and end at Akademin Valand (Vasagatan 50) and conclude with music, food and celebration. The workshops will also be hosted at Akademin Valand.

The event is free and open to the public. No previous knowledge is required, everyone can participate. If you want to be part of this wonderful procession, get the workshops dates here:

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Watch the video from last year’s beautiful manifestation:


River of Light – ett inkluderande konstprojekt med fokus på barns rättigheter

I söndags var jag i Göteborg och deltog i en mycket speciell workshop ledd av en grupp lokala konstnärer på Akademin Valand, där jag också träffade och pratade med de arrangörerna Behjat Omer Abdulla and Denise Langridge Mellion. Tillsammans med ett glatt och brokigt gäng människor i olika åldrar, från olika hörn av världen, gjorde jag en papperslykta för ”River of Light” (Flod av ljus), ett fackeltåg som äger rum på väldsdagen för social rättvisa i Göteborg den 20 februari, 2017.

Projektet är en mötesplats för ensamkommande barn, ungdomar, familjer och konstintresserade i Göteborg, och stöds av Akademin Valand, B-Arts Staffordshire, A-venue and Göteborgs Stad. Projektet arrangeras för andra året i rad och tanken är att föra ihop olika kulturer och skapa en känsla av karneval.

Göteborg är en segregerad stad. För att bryta segregationen och skapa gemenskap och en känsla av sammanhang måste man skapa mötesplatser i centrum, menar Behjat och Denise. Kreativa, informella mötesplatser där människor kan mötas och prata samtidigt som man arbetar.

För Behjat, som kom till Europa för 16 år sedan, blev konsten ett sätt att möta människor och komma in i samhället.”Det är de små sakerna som gör att du blir en del av gemenskapen, att du lär känna kulturen och tar dig vidare i samhället. Sådant kan man inte lära sig på annat sätt än genom att prata med andra människor”, säger han. Han hoppas att ”River of Light” ska fungera på samma sätt för de som är nya i Sverige idag.

Under flera workshoptillfällen, kommer varje deltagare att få möjlighet att skapa en lykta som hen sedan kan bära i fackeltåget. Tåget startar på Akademin Valand (Vasagatan 50) kl. 16.30 och avslutas på samma ställe med mat, musik och firande. Workshopparna kommer även de att äga rum på Akademin Valand.

Evenemanget är kostnadsfritt och öppet för alla. Inga förkunskaper behövs, alla kan delta. Vill vara en del av detta fantastiska fackeltåg?
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River of Light – an inclusive art project with focus on children’s rights

Maria Lucrezia inspires people to “rethink” food as a revolutionary, powerful tool, which not only feeds us, but can also be used to communicate, to share, to create, to take political action and to make the world a better place.

Interview by Runa Juhanisdotter

Berlin is host to a vibrant, international scene of underground culture, social entrepreneurships, innovative startups, alternative stylism, food culture and activism. One passionate light on this scene is Maria Lucrezia. Last summer she and her food enterprise Pastamadre (that she runs together with partner Akis) joined the ReThink Festival to show us the art of mindful cooking and eating.

Who are you?

I’m a food educator. I share my philosophy of life by teaching how to make good, simple, homemade food.


What’s your mission?

I truly believe food is a dynamic force which interacts with humans on different levels: what and how we eat holds the keys to physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being. Our food choices do not concern only our private lives anymore, but they also effect the local/global economy and the environment. That’s why I would like to inspire people to “rethink” food as a revolutionary, powerful tool, which not only feeds us, but it can be also used to communicate, to share, to create, to take a political action and to make the world a better place.

So how do you do practically do that?

I organize and run workshops where I share my skills, experience, passion and creativity. I come from a great southern family who taught me to enjoy and to practise the Italian cooking tradition paying specific attention to home-made food. They taught me how one of the best things about the Mediterranean diet, especially Southern Italian food, aside from being delicious, is that it’s so simple! You need just few ingredients: flour, water, tomatoes, garlic, salt and olive oil to prepare a plate of homemade pasta, but what makes it so special is the quality of those few ingredients and your love, passion and creativity making it. I think is a great metaphor of our life, we don’t really need so much to be happy, just few things well mixed with love, passion and creativity.

Everytime I teach to shape a small piece of pasta dough or how to knead a sourdough bread I’m teaching how to make a little sculpture or to mould a piece of art, because if you take it seriously, it requires the same effort and dedication. What I practically do is to give people a foundation for scientific and nutritional knowledge combined with a hands-on application, in order to enable each individual to feel free and confident to cook, experiment and experience the real, natural food on their own.


During the workshops I like to stress the importance of making homemade food as a way to express yourself, to enjoy your time, to relax, to have fun, to feel, to love, to create!

Why are you doing this? Name a couple of serious problems in society and how we can tackle them in everyday life.

Nowadays we see an alarming increasing incidence of disease, as diabetes and obesity, that are related to unhealthy diet. Childhood obesity has become a public health crisis, especially in western and industrialized countries. How could we practically make a real change?

First of all, I don’t think it should be considered as a “medical problem” but as a “cultural problem”.

I truly believe that the only effective way is not “to push” children to eat healthy food, but to educate them to a genuine connection with what they eat by teaching the joy to make healthy food by their own!

A little girl who came to one of my pasta workshops, after trying a plate of freshly homemade pasta with a simple tomato sauce, asked me really surprised: Warum sind diese Nudeln so lecker? (Why is this pasta so delicious?) The answer was easy: Weil du es gemacht hast! (Because you made it!)

Everytime you take time to cook your food with love and to share it with your children, you are teaching them that food is something important, something to take care of. If you are able to connect healthy food with positive emotions as joy, fun, affection, you are growing a future healthy adult.

Another problem I’m really concerned about is food waste. Wasting food is not only an ethical and economic issue but it also depletes the environment of limited natural resources. As a consumers, maybe we are the last link of the food chain, from those who produce and process foods to those who make foods available for consumption, but I’m sure we have anyway a role to play in preventing and reducing food waste. Becoming aware of how much food we throw away, is the first step to become a smarter consumer: think about what you are buying and when it will be eaten. Plan meals and use a shopping list. Become a mindful eater. If you cook your own food, you invest time, effort and feelings and make it worth saving leftovers. Save your leftover food, save your money, save the environment!

I don’t think that to solve big problems we need to make big changes in everyday life. Small changes are more easily accomplished and can have an effective impact on our life and other’s, just by becoming part of daily routine and so, little by little, we can make a big difference.

Finally, what would you say to the people that say that pasta makes you fat?

Pasta doesn’t make you fat, is an unbalanced diet that makes you fat!
Pasta is very rich in carbohydrates, which are an important source of energy for our body, but of course, if you eat a diet which is composed mostly of simple carbohydrates you could be prone to get weight. But for example, if you eat pasta combined with plenty of seasonal vegetables and legumes, that give you other precious nutrients and make you feel full just by adding few calories, you are having a really healthy and balanced meal!
Nowadays we tend to demonize or glorify one food rather than the other one. I truly believe there’s no single food; there’s no single beverage that will harm you or will perform miracles!
I mean, what we really need to be healthy and thin, is just a proper well-balanced diet composed of a variety of different foods, mainly vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, and just small amounts of meat, seafood and dairy in order to provide our body with all the macro and micro nutrients it requires to work efficiently.
And if you eat healthy and balanced everyday, is not a big deal if you occasionally allow yourself to make an exception!!

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Maria Lucrezia brings us an important message. To take our time, to make it simple and balanced, to appreciate, enjoy and love our food and each other. We have a lot to learn from the Southern Italian kitchen! On a personal note, I’d like to add that it was when I lived in Italy for some time in the nineties that I discovered food. I grew up in Sweden and in my experience food is not so important in Sweden, at least not back then. We’re diligent workers and we just need to eat, that’s it. I painfully remember my school lunches. We were forced to eat dishes that tasted nothing or bad. They were pre-cooked in a central kitchen and then reheated. The potatoes in particular were awful, they were pre-peeled, stonehard and sometimes green. We often had to eat raw cabbage mixed with industrialized, very sweet jam. It wasn’t nutricious, tasty food, it was what we in Swedish call ‘bukfylla’ which means tummy fill. I remember talking to an Italian friend about crappy school meals, and he looked at me with that wonderfully expressive Italian face – a big questionmark all over it. He had no idea what I was talking about. Of course not, he’s Italian! There was no such thing as crappy food in his world. Anyway, to sum it up, in Italy I learned to appreciate slow food; to go to the market to get fresh, good produce, to take your time to cook, eat and enjoy your delicious meals with friends and family. I discovered a thousand and one dishes of homemade fresh pasta and my life would now not be complete without pasta on my plate. 

Maria Lucrezia inspires people to “rethink” food as a revolutionary, powerful tool, which not only feeds us, but can also be used to communicate, to share, to create, to take political action and to make the world a better place.