Where do you get your food information from?

Hi! I am Xiaoyun. I just graduated from Davidson College in the May. While at Davidson, I am an economics major.  I come from Shenzhen–a city situated immediately north of Hong Kong. For me, food always holds a special value. Some of my favorite childhood memories about food include making dumplings with my whole family on the eve of the …

Teaching Sustainable Farming to Severe Weather Areas

A recent article by FoxNews, talked about the state of farming in communities that are frequently bombarded by natural disasters and severe weather.  650 million people live in arid regions of Africa where farming depends on rain, however, natural disasters can occur.  According to the article, as much as 80% of economic losses across the African continent are from droughts …

Information availability for our food

While researching the foods that the Davis Café provides for the students here, I was shocked at the lack of available information about food. While general nutrient information is readily available for almost any type of food, other information is nearly impossible to find, such as the carbon footprint, energy consumption, water usage, and toxic pollutants used in production of …

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 …

Interconnectedness of Organics

We know from our Food and Sustainability class that conglomerates dominate the food landscape when it comes to processed foods. For example, pretty much our entire beverage industry belongs to the monopolies of Coke or Pepsi. However, even when trying to avoid these foods and beverages containing high-fructose corn syrup and “empty calories,” we are most likely supporting the companies …

The Big Bad Monsanto Boogie Monster

We’ve all heard of Food, Inc., the 2008 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner that paints Monsanto, the world’s leading producer of Genetically Modified seeds and the herbicide glyphosate, as the devil. It concludes that it produces unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly, farmer abusive services and products. Monsanto has come under the public microscope since then and demonized for their actions. Specifically their genetic …

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 …

The Paradox of Sustainability

In economics, one of the first things that undergraduates learn is Thomas Malthus’ theory of population growth. The idea is that population grows at an exponential rate while food production could only grow at an arithmetic rate. This means population growth should theoretically outpace food production and provide a natural check. As humanity typically does, we found away around Malthus’ …