FDA Follows Congress’ Motto

Well with a title like that it seems like I am very against how Congress gets things done.  Well, that is true.  Many Congressmen say they work for their people, however, it usually seems that they are working for the businesses that supported them.  They often pass laws that allow corporations that gave them financial support to call the shots, …

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 …

Slow Food

In Jeffrey M Pilcher’s Slow Food article, he discusses the spread of Taco Bell restaurants, especially in Mexico. Despite catching on quickly and making their way rapid across the U.S., they have had relatively less success in the land of its inspiration- Mexico. Pilcher parallels this with the success of the Slow Food movement in Mexico. It is one of …

Information Is Power: What Seafood Watch Is All About

The fundamental underpinning of the Davis Café’s group project is that knowledge is power when it comes to dietary decisions. By providing the consumer with relevant and understandable information about the menu items, we hope that people will better inform their meal choices in the Union. In broad terms, we want to look at all of the ingredients in certain …

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 …

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. …

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 …

American Food Trucks and Thai Street Markets

The food trucks and street food semi permanent establishments in major American cities like New York mirror the small scale food retailing system of Thailand and other areas of southeast Asia.  These food carts give life and tradition to these southeast Asian societies and fends off the intrusion of the “industrial palate” described by Gisèle Yasmeen to be the increasing …