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  …

Green Movie Production: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Allison notes that ideas of culture and conventions can be constructed and perpetuated through the state, specifically through two means; the State Apparatus and the Ideological State Apparatus. The Ideological State Apparatus includes institutions such as education and media. An example of media constructing a positive convention might be Sony Pictures decision to make the production of one of its …

Ideologically Structured Action

Adams and Salois review the divergence of the organic and local food markets. They outline the shift of the organic movement with the development of federals standards and increases in marketing, as well as the abandonment of sustainable agronomic practices. Consolidation of farms and the entry of large corporations into the organic market also occurred. They note that today the …

Anti-racist Practices and Community Food Organizations

Rachel Slocum discusses community food organizations and their goal of promoting fair prices and sustainable practices in farming, as well as accessible, affordable, culturally appropriate nutritious food. She asserts that practicing anti-racism requires an analysis that recognizes intersecting forms of power, privilege cognizance, and specific ways of working in alliances (Slocum 2006, pg. 327). Last year, working on an educational …

Renovating Systems of Meat Production

Nierenberg argues that the industrialization of meat production has been accompanied by consolidation in the meat industry, so that only a handful of multinational corporations control most meat production. This concentration has led to many farmers loosing connection o their animals and control over their farms and has left consumers removed from the origins of their meat and ignorant of …

The Undesirable Cream of Milk Soup

What could possibly make someone take a three our final in 45 minutes? For a friend of mine, it was the thought of hundreds of dollars of ice cream melting into colorful puddles. In charge of her parents shop for the week, she got a phone call from an employee who told her that the storefront freezers had shorted out, …