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Vegan polpetta: a recipe from Brown’s Field

Last year, in the sunny, pre-pandemic summer season that now feels like a dream, I had joined the Future Food for Climate Change Summer School on a special visit to the beautiful Brown’s Field, an organic farm, café, shop and guesthouse on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. After an 80km-long train ride from central …

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Mottainai: How a Japanese expression of regret grew into a global movement to respect the environment

“If we have a sharing mindset instead of being selfish, we can make this world a better place with the heart of “mottainai,” says Mariko Shinju, author of the children’s book Mottainai Grandma. This summer, the “Mottainai Grandma” books were released as a cartoon series for free in six languages: Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Hindi. Watch them with your little ones and explore the meaning of “Mottainai!”

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