WE’VE GOT ONE LIFE TO LIVE AND ONE PLANET TO LIVE ON.
The current state of our world’s food chain is scary. In case you didn't already know, by year 2050, there will likely be 9 billion people and we'll need to figure out a way to increase our food production by about 70%. This is a huge feat!
At geedunk, we are up for the challenge. Crickets are our leading ingredient but we’re doing way more than just that. We highly encourage you do to your own research but here’s some quick facts about what we’re using:
CRICKETS - the latest delicacy
Michelin star chefs cook with them so don’t knock it till you try it. They have a nutty/earthy flavor with a hint of cocoa and are known as “the gateway bug.” They are packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals with fiber and all nine essential amino acids your body needs to thrive. The more they are researched, the more people conclude that they are the perfect protein. Besides their impressive nutritional profile, their environmental impact spanks every other source of traditional protein. The numbers are undeniable.
Now, we aren’t proposing you stop eating meat entirely because we too enjoy a juicy hamburger, but the quest is to be more conscious of your decisions’ impacts and supplement your diet with sustainable options. If everyone did a little, it would add up to a lot. So at geedunk, we say please sir, I want some more… crickets!
ALMONDS - an unrecognized villain
Yes almonds are delicious and have health benefits but 1 almond requires 1.1 gallons of water to produce! California grows 82% of the world’s almonds which requires diverting ground and surface water from the aqueduct system for irrigation. The increasing demand for almonds, almond milk, almond butter, and other food bars containing almonds is taking a dangerous toll on California’s ecosystem and citizens. Same thing goes for walnuts, which require 4.9 gallons of water to grow one walnut, and pistachios, which require 0.75 gallons to grow a single pistachio.
We don’t want MadMax to become our reality so for that reason, geedunk products are totally ALMOND-FREE.
ECO WRAPPERS - the best thing since slide bread
The wrappers of our granola bars, cookies, and croutons are compostable! They’re from corn and beets (which is why they sound extra crinkly). So whether or not you compost, these wrappers won’t add to the plastic in our landfills.
PALM OIL - the tree of fire
When geedunk’s founder was traveling through Malaysia, she had to wear a face mask while outside and local schools were canceled because the smoke from nearby palm-related fires was so bad. to clarify: palm oil comes from a different kind of tree than your coconut-bearing palm tree.
Palm oil makes up 30% of the world’s vegetable oil production and this single ingredient is found in 40-50% of household products (ex: lipstick, soaps, ice cream, and snacks). According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This causes deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses.
We admit, it’s not always easy to avoid but don’t be lazy, read labels and try to avoid palm oil unless it is Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). And get geedunk because we are proudly palm-oil free.
HAZELNUTS - the sturdy nut
Besides the fact that they’re in everyone’s favorite chocolate spread, these nuts are environmentally impressive. So here’s some quick facts about hazelnut trees: they use less water. They have an extensive root systems which makes them drought resistant and allows little nitrogen leaching. They’re effective against soil erosion and don’t need tillage (land preparation requiring machinery). They sequester more carbon from the atmosphere. They’re natural biofilters that protect aquatic environments. They can grow on slopes and less desirable farmland. They can produce hazelnuts for over 80 years.
We don’t mean to drone on, but we’re super excited about deez nuts so find them in select geedunk products.
ACACIA GUM - the desert gold
What is that? It’s a natural gum consisting of the hardened sap of various species of the acacia tree. This tree is naturally growing in arid and semi-arid areas like Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Despite those harsh climate conditions, acacia trees enhance crop production because it enhances soil stabilization and fertility through biological nitrogen fixation, and prevents desertification. Another fun fact: the crop is 100% organic, non-GMO, and pesticide free.
Acacia gum contributes to environmental conservation so we love it as a low-sugar binder in our geedunk granola bars.
MORE and BIGGER and BETTER
We’ll always be working to find more ways to be environmentally and nutritionally impactful in bigger and better ways. For example, sunflower seeds are pretty to look at and easy on the environment too. We’ll keep you updated on our progress and let us know if you have any suggestions!