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GMB PODCAST 009: Conflictfood

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Conflictfood - Founders Gernot and Salem with Claudi | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

// CONFLICTFOOD: CULTIVATING PEACE THROUGH ONE SINGLE INGREDIENT

It's bloody cold outside, but when I think about the dedicated social entrepreneur duo that I’m introducing you to today, my heart is instantly getting much warmer. I cannot wait to share the story of Conflictfood with you.

Their approach is so unique: through one single ingredient that is grown in a global crisis region, that they are opening our eyes for a different story about countries like Afghanistan or Palestine. One that the media don’t tell.

This morning, I actually listened to an audiobook, called the Book of Joy. It’s written by the Dalai Lama and the South African arch bishop Desmond Tutu. They talked about how the media only tell what is unusual. The fact that most people in the world are generous and kind and good, it’s nothing unusual. It is the norm. But that would be too boring to write about. So of course, the only thing that we see in the media are stories about terror, and the tiny part of humanity that is doing bad.

Related to that, today's interview with Conflictfood really touched me - it deeply links to what I believe in, as they show us another side of the world. Tell us positive stories of joy and lust for life.

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • How to start a social startup without any entrepreneurial background
  • Why our consumption is always a political act & how to make it a good one
  • How a group of Afghan women are stepping up for independence
  • How kids from Kabul set a statement against opium & other drugs through street sports
  • Stories of kindness & hospitality from people who have nothing
  • How to find unique ingredients in a crisis region & give small-scale farmers a perspective
  • The bizarreness of producing burkas in China
  • Why superfoods aren’t always the best decision for the country of origin
  • The state of the social startup scene in Berlin - a testing lab for ideas for change
  • Afghanistan, Palestine - which region comes next?

And I’m not gonna let you wait any longer, here are Salem and Gernot from Conflictfood!

LISTEN THE PODCAST INTERVIEW RIGHT HERE:

OR download & listen to the episode on iTunes | on Stitcher | on Youtube

As always, it would be awesome if you could hop over to iTunes, subscribe to the podcast and leave me a short review (just click on the cover image in iTunes and then on "Reviews"). 

Thanks yoooouuu, 

Claudi

// CONFLICTFOOD - FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

CLICK HERE TO OPEN AND READ THE FULL TRANSCRIPT OF OUR INTERVIEW

Conflictfood - Saffron and Freekeh | GreenMe Berlin Podcast
Conflictfood - Afghanistan, c Gernot Wuertenberger | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

Afghanistan saffron fields, © Gernot Würtenberger

Conflictfood - Saffron harvest, c Gernot Wuertenberger | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

Saffron harvest © Gernot Würtenberger

Conflictfood - Founders Gernot and Salem  | GreenMe Berlin Podcast
Conflictfood - Logo | GreenMe Berlin Podcast
Conlictfood - Saffron, c Gernot Wuertenberger | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

// FINAL WORDS:

I’m still blown away by all of this - it is SO beautiful to see how open-minded, positive-thinking people are putting all their heart and energy into a project that makes a difference out there. I don’t know about you, but I could just feel this drive and passion of Salem and Gernot, and this deeply rooted feeling that we can all do our parts.

I have taken away so much from these two and hope that you did too. If you want to support them, get in touch with them, or with me. And the easiest thing to do so is a) to buy their products and b) even easier, to share this episode out with your friends and anyone you think should know about this, too.

Now it’s time to call it a wrap. As always, you’d make me super happy if you subscribe to the podcast and leave me a little review on iTunes. It helps me to keep going and would just be a wonderful support from your side. Thanks soooo much.

Oh, one more news from my side: if you’re in Berlin on the 29th April, I’m doing a green tour through my home Kiez, South Neukölln, where I wanna show you the amazing eco-minded projects that this area is really filled with. We’ll say hi and chat to the founders of some creative sustainable food concepts, ethical fashion stores and transformed spaces. And get an insight into their work and why they do it. So if you’re in town, I’d be really happy if you join. It’ll take around 3-3.5hours and costs 25 euros. Spots are limited, cause I think it’s much better in a small group. And you can find all the info and tickets here on the Facebook event page.

Last shout out, promise: if you wanna stay up to date with the latest interviews, green events and fresh content from me and my explorations around going green in Berlin, then sign up for my monthly newsletter. I got a little thank you if you do so, I’ll send you a best-of guide to 7 of my favorite eco-minded places in the city. To get it, just go over to greenmeberlin.com/newsletter

That's it, have an amazing day, full of inspiration and power & remember to keep it green!


// CONFLICTFOOD - SHOW NOTES

// ​CONFLICTFOOD //

​>> Conflictfood on Facebook >>

​Email: info@conflictfood.com | Tel: +49 30 643 123 54

www.conflictfood.com

Conflictfood - Kabul Parkour Boys, c Gernot Wuertenberger | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

Kabul Parkour Boys © Gernot Würtenberger

Conflictfood - Packaging, c Gernot Wuertenberger | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

Saffron Box, © Gernot Würtenberger

Conflictfood - Team, c Evelyn Bencicova | GreenMe Berlin Podcast

Conflictfood founders © Evelyn Bencicova

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