Nada's Monthly Reads

Nada's Monthly Reads

April 2022

Earth Month is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean our conversations about climate action and food justice will end with it. In April’s article of Nada’s Monthly Reads, we share some leading insights on the climate crisis, a podcast on food justice advocacy, and some reasons to be cheerful! We hope these pieces speak to you, inspire you, and teach you something new about food systems, climate action, and the ins and outs of living a package-free lifestyle.


Solutions to the Climate Crisis will Come from the Multitudes | Article

The good news? “The solutions to the climate crisis already exist and are sufficient to bring humanity back into balance with Earth’s living systems.” The bad? We’re in a leadership crisis. Dive into this recent article from Green Biz to learn about the systematic problems in place, and how much our societal leadership plays a role in our fight against climate change.


Increasing Access to Healthy, Culturally-Appropriate Foods | Podcast

This must-listen episode from the Chicks Who Give a Hoot podcast hosts a meaningful conversation about food justice advocacy, the ties between food, culture & art, and provides action options for individuals to help empower their communities and create opportunities for fresh, local, and healthy produce.


Recycling Uplifts a Refugee Camp | Reasons to be Cheerful

Climate news doesn’t always have to be fearful. In a recent Reasons to be Cheerful feature;​​ In Algeria, a complete recycling plant in Algeria, delivered in a shipping container, helps refugees earn a living while simultaneously reducing waste! This new system for sustainably processing plastic waste is giving the camp’s residents an economic activity to support them.


Earth Day: How 'Circular Design' Can Lower Carbon Emissions | Article

The use of video conferences, online gaming, streaming, and social media has increased exponentially since the start of the pandemic, and so have the carbon emissions resulting from these activities. Learn more about EWaste, and the actions you can take as an individual, or as a web developer to adapt the circular design method and minimize your carbon footprint online.


March 2022

Welcome to a new month and collection of thought-provoking reads that spoke to us, inspired us, and taught us something new about food systems, climate action, and the ins and outs of living a package-free lifestyle. In our March issue, we touch on a unique approach to tackling climate grief, regenerative farming & its indigenous roots, and the top six lifestyle changes you can make to become an impactful climate activist. Plus, a helpful guide to zero-waste living with a feature on your favourite package-free grocery store!


A Guide To Zero-Waste Living | Impact Magazine

Waste has become such an integral and natural part of our day-to-day lives but continues to become more detrimental for the world we live in. Simple lifestyle changes, like buying in bulk or swapping a plastic zip lock bag or reusable beeswax wraps are the actions that have the possibility to make a world of a difference. Check out this helpful guide in Impact Magazine to some simple lifestyle changes that you can implement to help you reduce your carbon footprint.



Climate Grief Got You Down? Here’s How I Approach it as a Journalist. | The Washington Post

A unique and visual perspective from journalist Alexandria Herr, on climate change grief and how to navigate it in a world where negative news is outweighing the good.

“As a climate journalist, I’ve spent almost my entire life thinking and writing about climate change. As I reckon with the sometimes subtle shifts that a changing climate is bringing to my own home, I’m still trying to understand what it means to grieve a changing planet.”


Six Key Lifestyle Changes Can Help Avert the Climate Crisis, Study Finds

Research has proven that when individuals choose to make small lifestyle changes with the intent to better the planet and reduce their carbon footprint, the result can actually have a huge impact on carbon emissions. This article dives into the specific lifestyle habits that contribute to the reduction of emissions, which include consuming a plant-based diet, keeping electrical products for 7+ years, and the recommended number of new clothing pieces to purchase annually.



Tracing Regenerative Farming to its Indigenous Roots | Civil Eats

In her new book, Liz Carlisle shows that carbon can be stored in the soil if we adopt ancestral land management strategies, many of which are held by communities of colour. Read more about her book “Hidden Grounds: Climate, Justice and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming”, and the research behind her belief that contemporary farmers from all backgrounds have a lot to learn from these traditions.



February 2022

Another month has flown by, which comes with it another new issue of Nada’s Monthly Reads! In our February issue, we share some reads on food-waste innovators, diversity & inclusion in the agricultural sector, the inconvenience behind the ‘efficiency’ of traditional grocery stores, and a little something that we can all be cheerful about. We hope these words helped you learn something new and spoke to you as much as they did to us!

Has the 'Buy Black' Movement Made a Difference For Food Entrepreneurs | Article

The 2020 Black Lives Matter Movement sparked sales for Black-Owned businesses across North America, but not everyone has benefited from the recent attention. One of Civil Eats’ latest articles takes a deeper look into the "Buy Black Movement", and long faced challenges of Black entrepreneurs when it comes to equitable access to capital and loans, and access to other economic recovery discussions.


The Edible Food That You Will Never Eat | Video

Did you know that an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food are thrown away without being eaten? This episode of Follow Your Food on BBC features botanist James Wong, who goes out to meet the farmers, scientists, and innovators who are pioneering ways of tackling the problem of food waste and who are finding new ways of using the food that would otherwise go to waste.



Reasons To Be Cheerful | Newsletter

We all need a reason to be a little more cheerful these days. We’re constantly surrounded by a lot of bad news in the world these days, but this unique editorial project focuses on real stories that truly give us reasons to be hopeful and happy, as well as a healthy dose of optimism.



Fostering Greater Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture | Article

Meet Farmer’s for Climate Change; a unique organization with a mission ​​to advance policies and programming that support farmers to reduce emissions and build resilience in the face of climate change, while still serving diversity within their sector. Not only does their work seek to foster greater inclusion of a diversity of people in agriculture, but also to transform the sector itself to better support and serve those within, and those with barriers to entry.



The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr | Book

Are you curious about where your food comes from? Or where it goes if you don’t use it? The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket is an investigation into the ins and outs of the traditional American grocery store, and who pays the price for their increased convenience and efficiency. 



January 2022

Welcome to our January issue of Nada’s Monthly Reads! We’re starting off the New Year with articles, podcasts, white papers, and even books that inspired us and taught us something new about food systems, climate action, and the ins and outs of living a package-free lifestyle. We love that these words can teach you something new and inspire you to learn and live sustainably.

The Long Time Academy | Podcast

The Long Time Academy is a podcast in collaboration between Headspace and The Long Time Project. Over the course of six episodes, activist, storyteller and award-winning author, Ella Saltmarshe will take you on a journey to discover how to become a better ancestor. During the learnings, you will hear from scientists, politicians, economists, artists, philosophers, lawyers, and Indigenous wisdom-holders


All We Can Save | Book

This must-read is an anthology of writings by 60 women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward. Curated by two climate leaders, this book is a collection and celebration of visionaries who are leading us on a path toward all we can save.



Incarceration, Abolition, and Liberating the Food System | Article

Civil Eats writer, Ashanté Reese sits down with six food and agriculture organizers to discuss the role of resistance, healing, and community in their work. From interrogating how policing functions to how people’s consumption is surveilled to what having incarcerated loved ones teaches us about redefining relationships, this group reflected on what carcerality and abolition teach us about how to liberate the food system and ourselves.



The Right to Eat Right | White Paper

James Stauch and Cordelia Snowdon from the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University discuss the mission of the YYC Food Security Fund and their efforts to build a thriving local food economy while addressing the challenges underpinning Calgary’s food ecosystem.

“When we think of food security we think about hampers and food banks and emergency food relief, but that’s food insecurity. Food insecurity is when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, [whereas] food security comes when producers and farmers get paid fair market value for their produce and can ensure consistent food supply.”- Zai Mamdani, YYC Fund Security Fund


December 2021

Thanks for tuning in for our December issue of Nada’s Monthly Reads! Each month we collect some words that spoke to us, inspired us, and taught us something new about food systems, climate action, and the ins and outs of living a package-free lifestyle. So cozy up for a scroll through some of our favourite sustainable reads from the last 30 days.

Nada: Package-free Grocery Store Helping People Reconnect with Their Food

Our team recently sat down with Daily Hive Vancouver to dive into the mission and vision behind Nada, our role in the fight against climate change and the actions we are taking to create a more just food system. 

“We’re on a mission to champion a community food system by linking buyers to suppliers and offering healthy, unpackaged goods to our community,” said Finkle to Daily Hive. “We have carefully sourced our selection of food and goods from vendors who are doing their part to support a circular supply chain. Shopping online at Nada makes going package-free easy, fun, and safe.”



France Bans Plastic Packaging for Fruits and Vegetables

France is officially banning unnecessary plastic packaging for the majority of fresh fruit and vegetables, significantly reducing their annual total of plastic waste. This new legislation will phase out the use of plastic beginning in January of 2022, with the goal of reducing the country’s total amount of plastic waste by 1 billion pieces. In addition to fruit and veggies, earlier this year, plastic straws, cups, and cutlery were banned nationwide, along with styrofoam takeaway containers. 


Flooding, Mental Health and Wellbeing

The UBC Climate Club took a look into one of the most frequent climate-related disaster events: flooding. With the sea level rising, and the frequencing of storms increasing, this unfortunate phenomenon is only going to get worse, leaving a devastating impact on our communities. Learn more about the impact that local disasters can have on community member’s mental wellbeing, and access some helpful resources for those who have suffered from these recent events.


We Need Kelp: How Seaforestation Can Combat Climate Change

An article in the Narwal discusses how ocean forests could be the key to limiting global warming, and how these underwater solutions are often overlooked when it comes to climate change. Similar to issues facing forests on land, kelp forests have been depleting due to global warming for years, yet their replanting efforts have proven to have the potential to cut down on carbon emissions 20 times faster than that of traditional terrestrial tree planting. Learn more about the many benefits of kelp planting, including its use to feed cattle and ability to foster diverse, rich ecosystems.


November 2021

Welcome to our November issue of Nada’s Monthly Reads! Each month we collect some words that spoke to us, inspired us, and taught us something new about food systems, climate action, and the ins and outs of living a package-free lifestyle. So sit back, relax and cozy up with your pumpkin spice latte to learn about what’s new in the package-free world.

Women of Influence with Nada CEO + Co-founder, Brianne Miller

Our wonderful CEO + Co-founder, Brianne Miller, was recently featured in an article on Women of Influence. This in-depth interview sides into Brianne’s zero-waste journey, how Nada came to be, her mission to make package-free shopping more accessible and what she thinks is the most effective action individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

Scroll through Brianne’s responses to hear more about her surprisingly simple and often overlooked tips to help individuals get started on their own zero-waste journey.



Fridge Organization - How to Optimize Fridges to Reduce Food Waste (and Why it Matters)

The amount of food wasted in North America is huge - but beyond the social implications of the "haves" and the "have nots," food waste is having a significant impact on climate change. Here's a comprehensive guide created by Eco Home Magazine to help you organize your fridge at home.



Zero Waste Agenda for BC

Though our province is ahead of most North American jurisdictions when it comes to recycling and composting programs and regulations, there is still a lot of room for work to be done. This study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, looks at the proactive solutions to reduce the volume of materials that flow through our supply chains, and therefore our carbon emissions and footprints.

“The time has come to move beyond conventional recycling and get serious about well designed material conservation and management policies that can simultaneously support local economic development and social justice goals.”

The Zero Waste Agenda proposes an approach to achieve the status of zero-waste by 2040, with a focus on redesign, innovation, shifting culture and more.




New Study Lays Out Opportunities to Slash Land-Based GHG Emissions from Forests, Farming and Consumer Behaviour

A new study led by Climate Focus, published in Global Change Biology analyzed 20 land-based measures that reduced greenhouse gas emissions or removed greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Their findings? A comprehensive guide to greenhouse gas mitigation potential and feasibility of land-based climate solutions for over 200 countries!




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October 2021

Welcome to the first issue of Nada’s Monthly Reads! Each month we’ll be collecting some words that spoke to us, inspired us, and taught us something new about food systems, climate action, and the ins and outs of living a package-free lifestyle.



Reusable Packaging Is the Latest Eco-Friendly Trend. But Does It Actually Make a Difference?

Did you know that only 9% of the plastic recycled globally in 2017 actually ended up getting properly recycled? Or that the other 91% of plastics end up unaccounted for; in our oceans, beaches, and landfills?

An article in Time dives into society’s broken system for dealing with waste, and how the implementation of a proper circular economy, the introduction of reliable, durable, reusable packaging, and sustainable production can be the solution to our problem.





“Global Food System Emissions Could Preclude Achieving the 1.5° and 2°C Climate Change Target”

It all comes down to our food. Where it comes from, how it’s made, how it’s packaged, and where we, as consumers, buy it. The Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5° or 2°C above preindustrial levels requires rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions Meeting the 1.5°C target requires rapid and ambitious changes to food systems as well as to all nonfood sectors. The 2°C target could be achieved with less-ambitious changes to food systems, but only if fossil fuel and other nonfood emissions are eliminated soon.



Civil Eats

“Can Aquaculture Help Women Secure a New Foothold in the Seafood Industry?”

Women play a crucial role in aquaculture, yet their efforts, ideas, and contributions often get overlooked and undervalued. An article by Kate Olson in Civil Eats dives into the gender biases and inequalities that are prevalent within the global seafood supply chain, and the difficulties that are often encountered within these male-dominated settings.


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