Commons and Black History Month

Every year Vail Commons serves a meal in honor of Black History Month. When you go to the Express Line, you’ll see Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Macaroni and Cheese, and Black Eyed Peas, with the occasional array of hot sauces. This tends to be one of the better meals Commons has to offer, yet the meal selection seems to me to …

Sow Much Good In The Future

If you are a part of the Davidson College community, it’s like that you’ve heard of Sow Much Good, a non-profit based in Charlotte that is working to end food deserts. By providing affordable organic and locally grown produce, this Robin Emmons and her dedicated team and working to address this important environmental justice issue.  With one farm in Huntersville …

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 …

Getting to the root of sustainability

Sustainability is an idea that we always talk about on a larger macro scale. We legislate for it on federal and state levels and always try to create one size fits all solutions. Ironically, even the term “local” is something that we use to broadly cover all sorts of perceived solutions for the broader “problems” in our food systems. Even …

Fast Food Location Determines Obesity

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal finds that obesity “may be determined by proximity to fast food establishments,” (Wisnewski).  The study consisted of researchers surveying over five thousand adults in England and asked the location of fast food restaurants in location to their way to work and home.  People with the most fast food restaurants in these …

Do Us A Flavor

When it comes to food, I will try almost anything. I like experiencing new foods, however I don’t feel the need to steal the tastes of one food and place it with another. This is why Lay’s “Do Us a Flavor” campaign seems utterly bizarre to me. Lay’s is accepting ANY potato chip flavor idea for their next big flavor. …

Barbies causing anorexia

Some scholars, like O’ Connor, claim that eating disorders like anorexia, happen due to identity issues. It has usually been observed with perfectionist young people who are very disciplined and thus want their diet to be as well.   Other scholars argue that toys, such as the Barbie dolls, can also contribute to the development of anorexia. Young girls look …

Orange you gonna eat your veggies?

  Vegetables are bred for desirable characteristics including shape and color. Johnathan Mein represented Monsanto in his discussion titled “Vegetable Innovation for Consumer Appeal: Providing Consumers with New, Nutritious Vegetable Options.” Part of his argument was that people want food to look a certain way in order to eat and purchase certain goods. In order to provide vegetable options that …

A Man, A Can, A Plan…to do nearly anything better?

For Christmas this year, my brother, a single medical school student, was given a cookbook from my uncle who happens to work at a Barnes and Noble. The cookbook—very popular at Barnes and Noble according to my uncle—was A Man, a Can, a Plan: 50 Great Guy Meals Even You Can Make, presented by Men’s Health Magazine. My brother promptly …

Sustainable Kidnapping

“The Sustainable Kidnapping project promises to always return victims in better condition than when they were captured, for a kinder, gentler kidnapping experience.” The other day while watching random youtube videos (and being super productive) I stumbled upon this video. This is an episode in a series called “Thingstarters” by Above Average Productions, a series of parody kickstarter videos advertising various …