Mobile App Reflection: Relationships

That’s what it’s all about in the end, relationships. Who you know, how much you like each other, how well they are connected, how long you’ve been doing business, you get the point. This seemingly universal pattern stands true for the chefs that we interviewed today. However, the types of relationships each restaurant manager focused on seemed to drive the …

Logical Thinking

Today, we began our formal training in app development. Many of us in the group have experience in computer programming, but the range of this experience varied greatly from individual to individual. As we progressed into more in depth material, it was easy to distinguish which members of the group had the strongest computer programming capabilities. Personally, I was in …

Big Companies Making Sustainability a Goal

According to US News, Walmart and Target will be making sustainability a part of their brands.  Walmart will have a line of organic food, with prices similar to their normal food prices.  The line has over 100 items and is a gigantic step into getting organic, sustainable foods to be a regular part of our grocery stores.  Sustainable foods sometimes …

McDonald’s Solves Sustainability Definition Problem

A recent article by motherjones.com explains to readers that McDonald’s has finally solved the problem of providing a definition for sustainability.  The article talks about how McDonald’s told the public that they will be transitioning to sustainable beef in 2016.  This sounds like an incredible thing.  McDonald’s, one of the largest beef users in the world, will be switching to …

Greenwashing at Monsanto?

“Produce more, conserve more, improve lives” That’s Monsanto’s driving motto, yet after attending a presentation from a Monsanto scientist in February, it seems that they have interpreted this phrase quite broadly. Their main focus is growing productivity, as evident in the extensive consumer and seed research they have done. (They used a 2011 NAFTA Melon Preference Study to help identify …

Google Green: A Corporate Sustainability Revolution

Google Green. The next corporate leader in sustainability. Google prides itself on innovation and being a market leader across a variety of spaces, moving beyond its role as a search engine into the spaces of emailing, shopping, translating, mapping specialities, and most recently, corporate responsibility. The “Local versus organic: A turn in consumer preferences and willingness-to-pay” article by Adams and Salois sparked my interested …

The Organic Food Economic Market

“ORGANIC FOOD SOLD HERE.” Everywhere you look, there is an increasing amount of organic food marketed to consumers. The Nierenberg article and class discussion prompted me to investigate further the trends that are occurring in “organic” food marketing sphere. A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “Organic Food: Not Just for Kids – Companies Try to Push Organic Foods for Every …

Where do you buy your food?

Food choices and preferences add to a person’s complex identity. Yet, something I’ve recently discovered is that a large part of identity can come from not what you eat, but where you buy your food. Take Trader Joe’s and ALDI. Both of these establishments are owned by the same company, but cater to very different audiences. The stores cater to …