Archive | January, 2012

Weekly Response Two

27 Jan

Marion Nestle, the author of Food Politics blogs, posted this article positing new nutritional standards for meals. We all know the food pyramid, and the amount of servings consumers are recommended to have for each food group, but  recently The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture, created new standards for nutrition in school meals. These new standards include: more fruits and vegetables, a greater range of vegetables, a requirement for whole grains, all milk to be 1% or less, and only non-fat milk is permitted to be flavored. According to Nestle, this is a major step for the USDA. However, schools have to make the decision to follow through with these new nutritional standard meals, because the USDA cannot force schools to choose this option. The USDA’s goal is to promote new foods to children, and get them to try new, healthier foods. One thing that I found hilarious after reading this blog, because pizza is now considered a vegetable. I thought this blog was interesting, because we learned about the process of meat, and how animals are treated inhumane at slaughter houses and farms. Not that this blog directly relates to our discussion in class today, but no where on the new nutritional standard for meals did it say more or less meat consumption. This made me question whether or not America consumes the standard amount of meat, or if we consume more or less meat? We certainly package enough meat in grocery stores and supermarkets, but some of the meat winds up going to waste…so should there be a change to the nutritional standards about meat?


Food Log Two

27 Jan

This week, we learned about slaughterhouses, and what is put into our meat, and how our meat is processed and makes its way to the shelves in our super markets. Today, in particular, really influenced the way I look at the meat that I eat, and changed my feelings on certain meats now. The fact that these animals are treated inhumane, kicked around, injected with medications and pesticides, and living in poor conditions makes me rethink eating meat and poultry all together. I mean, I do love my chicken, so I think it will be difficult to give up, but I definitely am no longer attracted to pork or beef. However, I have never been that interested in meats such as pork and beef; if I had to choose between a hamburger or turkey burger, I would automatically choose the turkey burger…no specific reason why though. I know I should be completely turned off by meats now, because of the videos we watched today, but I know that there will be times when I crave chicken or turkey or something of that sort, and that is because I have been brought up eating meats…it’s a hard habit to kick when you have been eating it for so long. However, I have noticed a change in my eating habits recently. I have tried to eat more greens and vegetables (salads) and fruits…and when I go to Benny’s I order grilled vegetable sandwiches on whole grain breads and leave out the meat and cheeses. I guess the fruits and veggies are more me trying to be healthier, but now when I go to Benny’s and want to order a chicken sandwich, I will rethink my decision and think about the chicken that gave its life and what it much have gone through.

Weekly Response One

20 Jan


Going off of what I said in my weekly food log, I found a blog related to chemicals and food. Thought it was interesting.


In class this past week, Prof. Epstein talked about how the food industries are becoming more industrial and there is now a “food system,” that is replacing freshly grown farm goods, and making processed foods. These foods are not only being made in bulk, but they contain dioxins, which are normally found in volcanoes and forest fires. So, you can imagine just how “healthy” these dioxins are for consumers bodies…NOT. These dioxins mainly enter the food chain as by-products of industrial processes, and they are known as a contamination to both land and sea. This meaning that these dioxins are mostly found in the meat, seafood, and dairy sections of our local supermarket. Today, according to this blog posted above, about 90% of dioxins come from foods, particularly food that have high animal fat. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to decrease the amount of dioxins used in the foods old to consumers, because we are already taking in too many dioxins as it is. Of course, the food and chemical industries that are mass producing these processed foods disagree with the EPA; however, less is better according to the EPA. Dioxins are toxic, and the fact that Americans typically consume 1 to 4 picograms of dioxin per kilogram per day is troubling. The recommended intake of dioxins that should be consumed per day is 0.7 picograms per kilogram…and that is depending on the individual’s body weight. To clarify for everyone, a picogram is one trillionth of a gram…I n’t know what it was either until I read about it. Thankfully thoug within the last thirty years, America has seen a decrease in the amount of dioxins used in foods, because man-made sources ae nig reduced. But, the best way to avoid these toxic dioxins is to cut out the amount of high-fat meats, seafood, and dairy products that we eat.


Food Log One

20 Jan

So, since beginning the sociology of food class, my outlook on food has not really changed yet, because we have not gone into greater detail about how food is processed, what goes into our food, and what we, as the consumers, are actually ingesting into our bodies. However, I can say that since being back on campus, I have been more aware of what goes into my body. I have been obsessed with trying new fruits and vegetables lately, and I normally just try and eat fruits and salads on the daily. Not that I am a vegan or vegetarian or anything, I just am not that interested in meats as much anymore. During winter break, my mom took me to an organic grocery store near our house, and introduced me to so many new types of foods that are not only better for you (fat content and what not) but healthier for you and your body. She showed me articles online about the amount of pesticides that humans intake, and which foods are loaded with pesticides…sad to say that my favorite food, apples, contain a vast amount of pesticides. Also, she told me that even if you clean the fruit with soap and warm water, the pesticides do not go away, because they almost “embed” themselves within the fruit. No matter what, we are still eating harmful chemicals. I am not saying that I am afraid of chemicals and what not, because let’s face it, there are chemicals in just about everything, but I have definitely become more conscious of what I eat and where my food comes from. It makes me wonder though, will organic food grow to become more popular? And will people start to turn more to organic food because of the harmful chemicals and pesticides that are being revealed? Does that mean the price of chemically processed food decrease, and organic grown food increase?