Watching the second season of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Googled “Is white rice fattening?”
I’m not really sure because I’m obviously no expert in the field of health and nutrition, but it might have something to do with the fact that we tend to eat more rice than ulam (main dish) so it balances out the provisions and we end up eating less meat, mashed potatoes, etc. I’ve also found that, generally, the servings in restaurants here out West are almost double of the servings back in the Philippines.
I don’t really want to google right now but the West’s predominant choice of carbs is bread, and I think bread has got a whole lot more carbs than rice. Plus, bread is always begging to be slaughtered with butter so that might have something to do with it. IDK.
I also find that fast food and processed foods are comparatively more inexpensive than they are in the Philippines. Correct me if I’m wrong but you could go to a carinderia (local eatery) and get a home-cooked meal cheaper than a burger from McDonald’s. Whereas, a poor North American (particularly in urban areas) is often limited to fast food or 99-cent boxes of Kraft Dinner.
I attempted to post this picture twice, but Tumblr’s being a little bitch. That, or my brother’s friend is totally rude and stealing the wi-fi. That’s probably not even the correct technical terms, but whatever. Here’s a Quesadilla to make everything better.
11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food — far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.
A simple, no-nonsense way to understand how our food system works from an 11-year-old, who knows what he’s talking about.
I just read through a few of the YouTube comments on this video, and wow, YouTube comments are the worst. It’s one thing to have a different opinion, but it’s another thing to say this kid is ‘spreading lies’ and should ‘get hit’. I think everyone just paid attention to the fact that he is home-schooled, and immediately assumed that his parents indoctrinated these leftist, hippie lies into his impressionable mind. You know, kudos to his parents for teaching their child to think more critically than most people - at least compared to these ignorant trolls on YouTube.
Taking pictures for my class’ big march
Plant the Seeds of Conscientious Eating: Feed the World, not your WalletTL;DR? It’s a march for global food justice. There are one billion people dying of hunger and one billion dying due to obesity or chronic heart disease related to overeating. Why the disparity?
The United Nations has outlined 8 goals that they would like to achieve to end global poverty by the year 2015. Millennium Development Goal (MDG, as they are called) number 1 is to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty, by halving, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1/day, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger, and to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for everyone including women and young people.
Inspired by Michael Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food”, and Jamie Oliver’s American food project, our class is tackling an interesting phenomenon that is affecting at least a third of the people in the world. Today, just 5 years away from the end goal of the MDG project, at least 1 billion people are dying from hunger, and about 1 billion people are dying from overeating. How are we supposed to achieve this crucial goal as a global population with such a vast dichotomy between the two portions of the population?
On November 27th from 930-11:15 a march will take place to help raise awareness around the two billion project. Please meet outside the Henry Hicks building, Dalhousie University around 930. From there we will be making out way down to the farmers market, which we should get there around 11:15. Once there everyone can go their own ways!
The solution: less cash-cropping; more hunger-stopping!
He’s a very well-fed bear.
“BB, if you ever get mauled by bears, I hope they stay away from your face because I think you’re cute” - boyfriend (11.17.10, 11:56AM).
“From an environmental perspective, I take issue with an all-or-nothing approach to meat eating. We don’t insist that people ride their bikes exclusively, or only shop at the farmers market, or never travel by airplane; why should meat consumption be any different?”
“By forcing people to place a check mark next to “vegetarian” or “carnivore,” we’re missing the opportunity to encourage people to merely reduce their meat intake. That in and of itself is actually a lofty goal: The world has doubled its per capita meat consumption since 1961, and is expected to double it again by 2050.”
Click link for full article.
Glenn Beck and Jamie Oliver on Food and Health:
Since First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her Let’s Move! program to fight obesity, conservatives have portrayed the effort as a government assault on personal freedoms and liberties. After the administration released a report on obesity in May, Matt Drudge ran a headline saying, “White House seeks controls on food marketing” and on his Fox News show, Sean Hannity asked: “Does every American family need a dietitian appointed by the government to tell them that this food is going to make you fat and this food is not?” Yesterday, Glenn Beck joined the act, criticizing Michelle Obama for encouraging restaurants to “offer healthier versions of the foods that we all love.” He also joked that fat people should die:
BECK: When I heard this I thought, get your damn hands off my fries, lady. If I want to be a fat fat fatty and shovel French Fries all day long, that is my choice. But oh oh, not so fast anymore. Because now we have the new fact, whether you like it or not, we have government health care now. … You know those fat people sitting on their couches? And I mean really fat. I don’t mean not like me. I mean the people who’s skin grows into the couch. … I say let them die.
Now, watch this: Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: teach every child about food.
You look like a sandwich made for the gods. Click-through for the recipe. Om nom nom.
Mom’s Madeleine Cookies.
We’re going to have another feast tomorrow. Pictures will be up on my Livejournal within the week.