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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure; “waste” is a matter of perspective. Peanut pulp is what you created by making peanut milk. Instead of being waste, pulp is a binding agent that can lay the foundations for another creation that adds value to your life. Reforming your thoughts reforms your words, which in turn reforms your actions — like piling pesto onto these peanut pulp crackers.
What value do peanuts add to nature, beyond feeding humans?
George Washington Carver (1864-1943) was born into slavery in America. When slavery was abolished, his drive to move the South away from intensive cotton farming led President Franklin Roosevelt to honor him for his creative vision to promote social and environmental justice. Carver saw that reliance on a cash crop contributed to divisive economics and a culture of dominance. He also saw that monocropping was stripping life from the soil on which everyone depended. His muse for justice? The peanut. Carver set out to harness the peanut’s power of creation and devised more than 100 ways of using the peanut that would build a market for peanut farming.
Reprinted with permission from The Mindful Kitchen: Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas and published by Leaping Hare Press, 2019.
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