If you watch the Travel Channel, you know about the bald guy who eats durian fruit.
Watch him here.
Durian fruit is not the only food item that Andrew Zimmern will consume that might not be on our personal diets. How about frog shakes and fish sperm in Peru? Or jungle rats and reptiles in Colombia? Or bamboo rat and dung beetles in Thailand? Or crane meat and pigeon feet in Nashville, Tennessee?
You get the point. Zimmern travels the world to find foods that you and I might consider unusual, but these food items are part of someone's regular or semi-regular diet.(And I must say, the best thing about these foods is that they are natural--and not the processed stuff that many of us in the United States consume).
Zimmern on Global Poverty
The Bizarre Foods guy's travels around the world have also helped widen his own horizons. “Millions of people have seen me on television eating outrageous things, perhaps thinking I was born without a gag reflex. But you’d be wrong. I’ve been to 126 countries and the most revolting thing I’ve found is extreme poverty. The gap between those who have and those who don’t is abhorrent, and the most repulsive part is that it’s unnecessary."
His experiences have led him to become a spokesperson for ONE's Electrify Africa campaign. Zimmern believes that providing electricity in areas where power is in shortage will help reduce hunger.
"It’s staggering the amount of vegetables and meat I’ve
seen rotting on the streets of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia’s countryside has vast tracts of arable land, but, like many
places around the world, the issue is collection, storage and
distribution of the foods. That can’t happen without reliable electric
Read more in the ONE blog and his full Op-Ed in USA Today.
So how can you help? Sign ONE's petition to the U.S. Senate to approve legislation to bring electricity to 50 million people in Africa You and Zimmern might not be on the same page regarding durian fruit, but you are certainly in solidarity on your advocacy efforts before the U.S. Senate.