Hippo and Al, Mending the Earth Through Food

Mending the Earth Through Food
We are your guides to restaurants, markets, food trucks, vendors, and more that offer responsibly grown and sourced food.
Hippo Birdie, ©Amy Kirkpatrick

I'm Hippo, a book-reading (yes, I did say book reading) hippopotamus from the African savanna and that's my best friend, Al, on my head.

In an effort to save our home and the rest of the world from the inexorable advance of industrial agriculture, we have added our weight (over 4000 pounds) to the vanguard of grassroots movements that are working to regenerate the Earth. Our specialty is sniffing out and telling you about the best places for food that will help tip the scale towards Earth-restorative traditions. We're starting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Scents and Sensibility, Part 2 The Glass Pantry and Friends

Humans’ noses appear to be “in a state of mismatch” with the modern world.

Our sense of smell evolved in very odour-rich landscapes in which we were interacting regularly with the environment.

Now today we’re not interacting with the environment and we’re in very polluted places.

Our sensory system evolved in the natural world and when we’re in those spaces, our brains become relaxed because these are things that we were designed to look at, hear and to smell.

Professor Kara Hoover, Biological Anthropologist from Alaska University


"Did you know that, Al? Humans were designed to look at, hear, and smell things in a natural environment. But instead, they are stuck in buildings and cars all day. They miss out on the the sweet smell of elephant dung – just thinking of it takes me right back . . . mmmmm"

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