Cultivating Young Palates

This month's op-ed by psychologist Katherine Kinzler in The New York Times "Sunday Review" presents research on the link between babies' environments and the evolution of their food preferences. At Seed Street, we applaud this evidence that surrounding young palates early and often with positive role models of eating habits and food-based connections is paramount towards creating the next generation of mindful, healthy eaters.

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Reimagine Justice

This week, in light of the tragic shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile so closely followed by the heart-breaking assassination of five Dallas police officers, we at Seed Street are taking a moment to step back and reflect on the deep divisions, structurally inequalities and fundamental lack of shared understanding that plague so many aspects of our world today and ultimately enable so much senseless violence and loss. We recognize that our country is in the midst of a powerful dialogue through movements like #blacklivesmatter and led by countless grassroots social leaders, albeit a dialogue fueled by the momentum of tragedy and a movement whose greatest tangible goals are still the stuff of dreams. We would be remiss if we did not share our love and full-hearted support for these change-makers and this movement, as well as do our part to further the conversation.

The number of incarcerated people in the Unites States has grown...5 times faster than the growth rate of the U.S. population at large.

We recently had the special opportunity to hear from Mike de la Rocha - musician, author, social justice activist and founder of creative arts and policy fund Revolve Impact – on his mission to radically reimagine the criminal justice system in our country from beginning to end. The statistics that represent the contradictory paradigm of our prison system today are staggering. Since 1972, the number of incarcerated people in the Unites States has grown from only 300,000 to over 2.3 million. That is 5 times faster than the growth rate of the U.S. population at large. And this growth in our prison system has been disproportionately fueled by the incarceration of poor black and minority Americans. In fact, within African American communities, one out of three men between the ages of 18 and 30 will serve time. Beyond this, our prison system has become the defacto largest mental health treatment institution in America, and a staggering number of inmates are actually men and women whose mental health and addiction issues have been left untreated.

As anyone who has spent time studying or following this issue knows, the statistics are manifold and the issue itself is complex beyond measure. Mike de la Rocha promotes the radically simple yet potent concept of “restorative justice”, wherein we focus on putting health and healing at the forefront of our criminal justice system rather than on simply “locking people up in cages and sending people back into our communities destroyed.” Mike was as the forefront of the movement which led California voter to ratify Proposition 47 in 2014, thereby reclassifying several non-violent offenses from felony convictions and into misdemeanors and opening up hope for access to jobs, education grants and public housing for the thousands of non-violent offenders in our prisons who are barred from such access under a felony conviction.

The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is JUSTICE. The moral arch of the universe is long but it bends toward justice. We cannot be full, evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity. That all of our survival is tied to the survivial of everyone. That all of the visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with the visions of humanity, compassion, and justice.
— Bryan Stevenson

Mike and his work have been deeply shaped by another social justice pioneer, the lawyer, author and advocate Bryan Stevenson. We want to share with you this powerful TED talk delivered by Bryan, along with an excerpt from his book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

FEEDING THE 5000 NYC against Food Waste

Date - 05/10/2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Today, May 10th, our friends at Feedback Global are hosting Feeding the 5000 to take a stand against food waste in NYC and beyond. Thousands of members of the public will be provided with a delicious free feast, sourced entirely from fresh top-quality produce that would have otherwise been wasted.

CREATE: Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

Here at Seed Street, we believe that an awareness of health & wellbeing, a connection to nature and access to vibrant community are integral building blocks of the creative process. Equally, we believe that a life lived engaged with the creative mind unlocks greater health, wellness and community vibrancy for all and that, in turn, perpetuates the creative cycle. It’s a simple, beautiful thing. And yet, anyone who has ever battled writers block or a lack of “inspiration” understands firsthand that the creative process can be at times both mystifying and frustrating.

I always say that I’m more obsessed with the journey of getting there than the destination.
— Ahmir Thompson a.k.a. Questlove

One of our favorite Creative minds in the game today, Ahmir Thompson a.k.a. Questlove, spoke recently to NPR about his own creative process and how he draws inspiration from just about every medium out there, from food to music to production to writing and beyond. In Questlove’s own words, "I always say that I'm more obsessed with the journey of getting there than the destination.”

From a man who seems to be in a perpetual state of creative flow, it is humbling to understand this multifaceted artist's journey and how his staggering list of seemingly disparate projects are unified under one fluid, organic creative process.

Listen here for the full interview with Questlove.