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The “Kenny” section of Eric Schlosser’s “The Most Dangerous Jobs” chapter in “Fast Food Nation” left the biggest impression on me.  After reading Schlosser’s first hand-account of the terrible working conditions that exist in the slaughterhouses, reading the anecdotes about how these conditions have personally affected particular workers solidified how bad those conditions are.  My […]

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Not All Americans Are Fat

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/hunger-the-us-historic-highs This article really took me by surprise. I thought that hunger was a past issue in America and I’m actually very shocked to find out that this problem still exists. I think this is because often time, we see hunger depicted as a third-world problem. I’ve never seen a picture or any form of […]

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Diet is a Four Letter Word

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/21/health/irpt-weight-loss-teena-henson/index.html?hpt=he_c1   This article from CNN.com is a super interesting personalized story that connects to our earlier studies of how diets don’t really work for overweight people. Teena Henson had a family history of overweight women with diabetes and many health issues, but still managed to fail everytime she dieted. She finally was able to […]

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New Food Illness Statistics

Good news and bad news. Salmonella cases have dropped 9% this year as compared to the past three year period in which cases were reported. The bad news, there has been a 75% increase in the food illness, vibrio infection, which is found in uncooked shellfish. With summer approaching, oyster season is coming. Yet, with […]

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Price Comparisons

For a restaurant whose food is mainly prepackaged and cooked in the microwave, Applebee’s food prices are, in my opinion, way too high. Unless you do the 2 for $20 deal, main entrees could range from $11.99 to $18.99 (according to the online menu). For a restaurant whose target population is middle class families, Applebee’s […]

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Mad or Hangry?

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/14/low-blood-sugar-makes-couples-more-aggressive/?hpt=he_t3   The more recently popular word “hangry” is used to describe that un-ignorable irritated feeling when you are hungry, and the ensuing havoc you wreak on everyone around you. This experiment studied how being hungry affected a couple’s aggression toward their significant others using 107 recruited couples. By cross comparing glucose levels every night […]

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Tracie McMillan concludes her intriguing and bold investigation in a manner parallel to many American celebrations: she takes it to Applebee’s. As one of the largest casual dining chains, not only in the US but, in the entire world, Applebee’s has come to represent something more than being restaurant quality food. McMillan argues, in her […]

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I recently came across a very interesting study where a group of researchers from Texas Christian University set up three different labels next to a fast food menu. “One group’s menu had no labels of any kind. The second group’s menu was labeled with the total calories in each item. The third group’s menu was […]

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Chemicals creating flavors

After our discussion last week about natural and artificial flavors, I thought I would share this article with you guys. The article is from a food blog for college kids that I’m actually really involved with called Spoon University. (Check them out if you’re interested, the articles are pretty great). This one was about food […]

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Brubaker Dairy Farm

We have got a lot of insight on the negative conditions and qualities of the meat, fruit, and vegetable farming industry, but I just wanted to share some info on what seems like the other end of the spectrum. I have been at this confectionary conference and had a chance to visit a Pennsylvania dairy […]

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