There is a misconception about food waste and hunger in the United States. Though nearly 12% of Americans experience food insecurity, the root of this issue is not that there is a shortage of food, but that there is an abundance of food that is not well-distributed and instead goes to landfills (“Hunger & Poverty … Continue reading Organization Profiles: Compost Nashville, Nashville Food Project, and Urban Green Lab
When Does This End? Obesity and Corporate Food Culture in America
Isaac Martinez as featured on My 600-Lb Life I used to watch My 600-Lb Life as a kid. I don’t know why. Even 10-year-old me recognized that the show was extremely depressing. But, for whatever reason, whenever it showed up on TLC and I had nothing else to do, I stopped and watched. If you … Continue reading When Does This End? Obesity and Corporate Food Culture in America
A Modest Proposal for Babycakes
How would you solve world hunger? Jonathan Swift’s 1729 essay “A Modest Proposal” has an answer, but it might not be one you’d expect. In what is one of the most renowned and outrageous works of satire in the English-speaking world, Swift modestly proposes that for Irish babies to be “beneficial to the publick,” 20% … Continue reading A Modest Proposal for Babycakes
“Blackfish” and the Politics of American Consumerism
When the documentary “Blackfish” came out in 2013, SeaWorld was a well-known and beloved attraction visited by thousands of families each year. Kids eagerly begged their parents to take them to see the iconic orca show starring Shamu at one of SeaWorld’s 11 different locations. But during the year that the film aired, the stock … Continue reading “Blackfish” and the Politics of American Consumerism
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