Leilani Munter and The Cove

Leilani Munter, the world’s number one eco-athlete realizes that she may come across as an oxymoron. When she isn’t fighting for the welfare of the environment and sustainable practices, she’s burning rubber in her 200mph racecar. Some people don’t get it; how could someone who drives racecars possibly care about the environment? The answer is quite simple: she’s an environmental …

Why “Global” Food Justice?

We all have been bombarded by the terrifying descriptions of the urban food deserts, and we may have even had a meal there. Thus it is getting harder for food justice activists to demand more sympathies from the spectators who have known our rhetorics too well. Hence when I began developing my first post on international aspect of food justice, …

Sustainability Initiatives in Ghana

Practices that fit in the Triple Bottom Lines of sustainability have to be socially, economically and ecologically relatable to the region’s sustainable development. In Ghana, Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ECASARD), a unique organization that not only brings Muslim and Christian faith-based farmers, but also NGOs, policy makers and research institutions together to create and promote affordable, …

Bananas!

Importing affordable whole fruits in bulk from low-cost exporters has effectively increased the availability of fresh produce in most (fairly) developed countries. The year of 2012 witnessed the huge demand from world’s five largest banana importers: EU, US, Russian, China and Japan consuming 73% of 16.5 million tons of bananas exported. While citizens in importing countries benefited from the low-cost …

Revolutionary Farmers in China

In China, farming is not a revered occupation, it is stigmatized as peasant work. The next generation of farmers are trying to move away from their farming roots and into the rapidly modernizing culture. Yet we have met revolutionary farmers who have left the fast paced city life to Farm due to dissatisfaction with food system. Dissatisfaction with the food …

Diet Coke and a Rice Cooker

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Antonia and I knew the route. I needed food, gluten free, food with ingredient lists. I wanted a rice a cooker, vegetables, and something– anything— other than dan chao fan. We had gone to Walmart just a few days before, but my stomach obliged me to return. It was just Antonia and I that afternoon, because …

Food Prep Prejudice

Walmart is worldwide. I spent time in the grocery section of the Walmart in Wu Jiao Chang for the first time yesterday and had a bit of a sensory-overload experience. My nose registered the meat produce before my eyes. To be honest, the smell wasn’t bad. In fact it was similar to the Wet Markets we visited last week. But …

A Visit To Farmers’ Market

Last Sunday, our group made a visit to a farmers’ market in Shanghai. The famers’ market we visited is an outdoor market featuring fruits, vegetables, and even handmade crafts such as soap. With tables and stands outdoors, the market looks more like farmers’ markets in the United States than traditional wet markets in China. The foods sold in the market were …

Diving In (video)

Street vendors, urban gardens, eco-farms, fish farms and the food experience. As you’ve seen in all the blog posts by the students, this trip to Shanghai has offered myriad ways of looking at food and sustainability. Culture, economic growth, health and food safety issues are among the factors that shape what we’ve observed. Now the team embarks on their different research topics and …

Unbearable it became.

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 (Note: chapters 3 + 4 will not have pictures for reasons I will explain in Chapter 5.) The card then continued with an exhaustive list: no soy sauce, no oyster sauce, no wheat, barley, rye, no flours, no dough, no breads, no sauces, no noodles, nothing battered and fried, no processed meats, and nothing that has been cooked …