Supersize My Church

“You can’t franchise the kingdom of God,” argues the authors of “Slow Church,” a new book applying the lessons of slow food movements to church life. C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison, the book’s authors, are worried about the “McDonaldization” of church. They say small churches are trying to mass-produce spiritual growth by copying megachurch techniques. Smith and Pattison stress …

Future Learning Garden at Sow Much Good

After speaking with Renae, we decided that it would be best to create a curriculum revolving around elements of a learning garden that Sow Much Good hopes to build within the near future. A learning garden is an interdisciplinary education model that offers students the opportunity to interact with the same sustainable gardening activities that they learned about in our …

Drawbacks of our Capitalist Food System

Capitalism has a large and lasting effect in the organization our food system, negative outcomes in health and sustainability have arisen due to the role of subsidies on the production of certain foods. Robert Albritton described the changes  kicked off by subsidies organized in the early 70’s that were given to large farms which produced high yields. These firms got …

Is All You Can Eat Really that Bad?

When you’re hungry or even on a budget, the idea of eating all you can for a little more than the price of a regular meal doesn’t sound too bad. While buffets are often associated with low quality, there is also a large market for luxury buffets in places such as the Bellagio in Las Vegas, which places an emphasis …

Appearance vs. Reality

A recent trend I have noticed in the past few months on the internet is comparing the fast food we see in advertisements, to that which we actually receive at the restaurants.  The first thing I found surprising about this trend is that it took this many years for it start.  The internet has been around long enough that this …

Life Cycle Assessments

Baldwin et. al’s piece on life cycle assessment in restaurant food and food service represents an interesting perspective on environmental footprints in the food system. Both Nierenberg and Baldwin et. al. discuss issues of food production and even use some of the same statistics, such as the statistic that 70% of the antibiotics used in the United States are used  …

The Lunchbox Battlefield

At lunch time, elementary school children sit down and excitedly open their lunch boxes. They might sneak a glance at their friends’ lunches to consider a potential mutually beneficial exchange. However, American culture is not yet at the level of motherly competition of lunch box presentation that we encountered in the Anne Allison text. Allison asserts that the pervasiveness of …

Not your everyday brown bag lunch

The brown bag lunch is a staple in the elementary school lunchtime, Anne Allison notices the Japanese equivalent of the brown bag lunch called obentó shows it cultural relevance and its place in the structure of Japanese values. Obentó shares a common connection to the brown bag lunch  of our American culture. Obentó as Allison describes it is a “a …

Greek Cuisine: Tradition, Civilization & Culture

One of the most authentic cultural elements of a civilization is gastronomy. The specifics of cuisine taste of a region are often related to the characteristics of a society, and they “reveal” elements of cultural and economic history. At the same time, food and flavor seem to have a strong way of communication. Greeks would say, food is a way …

Meals Ready to Eat: Is Pizza an Option?

In combat areas, where kitchens cannot be set up, soldiers must look to MRE’s or meals ready-to-eat for their daily sustenance. These are not usually the most tasty types of foods and one of the most requested MRE inventions has been pizza. Pizza presents researchers with a difficult task because they need to make a recipe that does not require …