About

EA Tasty is a different kind of food blog. It’s all about two things: doing good and eating well.

Effective altruism (EA) is a growing social movement that uses evidence and reason to make the world a better place in the most effective way possible. Effective altruists ask themselves again and again “How can I do the most good?” and then they try to do it.

I try to incorporate EA ideas into my whole life. I’ve taken the Giving What We Can Pledge to donate 10% of my income to the most effective charities, and I’m working towards a career where I can maximise my positive impact. But my life’s not all about money and work. It’s also about FOOD.

Food is a powerful thing. It can make us happy, healthy, and productive. Or it can make us sick, cause animals to suffer, and harm the environment. So I think it’s important to work out how I can do the most good with my food choices. So far, I’ve concluded that I should:

  1. Minimise my contribution to animal suffering. This means being vegan.
  2. Minimise harm to the environment. This also means being vegan, and avoiding other environmentally harmful foods.
  3. Maximise my positive impact through donations to the best charities. This means not spending too much money on food so I can donate more.
  4. Maximise my positive impact through work. This means eating healthily so I feel my best and live a long time.
  5. Make myself and those around me happy. This means making delicious food that everyone enjoys.

I’m working on those five things, and as I do, I’ll share recipes and anything else I’ve learnt or found helpful. At the bottom of each recipe, I’ll give an EA Tasty Spoon rating for each of the five aims. I know I won’t be able to achieve all five all of the time, but that’s no reason not to try!


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I’m Lucia, a medical student at the University of Cambridge. I’m a member of Giving What We Can and a vegan. I’m interested in ethics, effective altruism, and public health. I love the outdoors and making delicious food.


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11 thoughts on “About

  1. Oliver says:

    Hey Lucia,
    I really like the look of your website.
    Have you ever thought of doing a post on dumpster diving? Or food waste? I think it’s especially relevant to one of your justifications for making this website: the environment. In rational terms – dumpster divers are able to have a net 0 impact on animal suffering as well as on the environment by saving food which would have otherwise ended up in the tip. I see it as the most enviro/animal ethical way of getting food and eating it. It takes a bit of experience to become savvy and can’t be done in all place in the world e.g climate wise and waste quantity wise – Melbourne is better than Berlin. Maybe another feature of this EA blog could be a question on organics or shopping at a local grocer vs a supermarket chain. Some ideas for discussion – nice jobs with the website and have fun.
    Olly

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    • EA Tasty says:

      Hey Olly,

      Thanks so much for your comment! Dumpster diving sounds really interesting. I didn’t know anything about it until I read you comment, and have since been reading up on it. Definitely something worth thinking about in relation to ethical eating. I also like the idea of doing a post discussing the pros and cons of buying organic, local, fair trade, or low cost supermarket chain food. I’ll have to do a bit more research on all of these topics first.

      One potential limitation with dumpster diving though is that it’s probably not very scalable, i.e. it’s not something everyone could do. I imagine there aren’t enough good dumpsters for it to be a wide scale way of eating. I would also worry a little about food hygiene and safety. What are your thoughts on those two issues? Having said that, I am very interested! Do you know if it’s possible to do it in Cambridge, UK? Thanks!

      Lucia

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      • anderskhe says:

        Hi guys,

        I am an active EA community member and dumpster diver. My main motivation is really saving money in general, which obviously leaves me with both a better potential to donate and a potentially better standard of living. Where I live (Nordre Aker, Oslo, Norway) it’s relatively easy to do and I find loads of food. However, I cannot really live entirely of it as what I find are usually fruit and vegetables, and whule that’s great, I desire some other things as well like mushrooms, beans, etc. Still (although I haven’t done the math), I am confident that I save a lot of money doing this.

        Safety does not seem to be an issue as supermarkets here seem relatively picky about what fruit they accept on their shelves, so usually there would just be a black spot on my apple that I could cut away or one bad orange, that I could throw away, in a big bag.

        To see if it works where you live, I suggest just having a look around in the night after the stores close. That’s how I mapped the opportunities where I live. The situation here is that stores further from downtown typpically have better potential. Some have their trash behind fences, in garages or in locked containers, while others have bins that you could have a look inside.

        Anders

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    • EA Tasty says:

      Hi Kendrick,

      Thanks for the suggestion! I will definitely be putting up more high protein recipes soon. In the meantime, check out the dal, chickpea curry, spicy baked beans, and BBQ seitan (https://eatasty.org/recipes/). These all contain plenty of protein, especially the seitan, which contains 75g of protein per 100g!

      Lucia 🙂

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