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What’s it Tea, ya?

In # 5: Sustainability by Justin1 Comment

Sustainability is very important in today’s date now, more than ever.  With the increase in populations daily, the number or resources are slowly depleting at a faster rate than ever.  There are many major companies that are taking the initiative to reduce the footprint on life and make the world more sustainably friendly. For this assignment, I’m choosing Lipton Tea; which products are from a joint venture between the two companies of PepsiCo and Unilever.   From looking at Unilever’s website, they have a devoted Sustainability section dedicated to their products and how they’re used. They explain the three categories they examine, which are:   Barriers – what are the things that stop people from adopting a new behaviour? Triggers – how could we get people to start a new behaviour? Motivators – what are the ways to help them stick with the new behaviour? By understanding the barriers, triggers, and motivators, Unilever has developed a strategy to maintaining sustainability in which they call it the “Unilever Five Levers for Change,” and they are: Make it understood. Make it easy. …

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Out with the Labels

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Justin2 Comments

GMO labeling can be helpful to consumers so they would know what they’re buying, but in the long run, there would be no need or use for doing so.  Dr. Rick Goodman has came in and provided information, as well as information learned in lectures given by Dr. Bob Hutkins, some GMOs, pesticides, and hormones that have been approved by the FDA are administered in small enough amounts where no harm and no definitive effects can occur from these processes of food.   As GMOs and food are advancing, laws and regulations are soon to follow. Just as we’ve seen with tobacco products getting banned in more and more places, new laws and regulations are slowly occuring among vapor products. This is also similar to texting laws within the US, it has become recent within the last decade that new laws are emerging for regulating texting while driving and other distractions provided with cellular use. GMOs are also taking this route with labeling. Though GMOs have no definitive negative effects, consumers are becoming more and more aware of their products, …

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Peanut Allergies

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Justin0 Comments

True, some would say that peanuts are a concern for infants and parents are afraid to test for allergens by trial and error, but what if it can be prevented? Canadian Asthma Primary Prevention Study has been studying a groups of women and infants for this exact reason since 1995. This is an interesting study performed because it allowed the scientists to be able to think back to ways that can help improve allergen prevention / immunity. By exposing infants in the womb to allergens, it can make them less susceptible to becoming allergic to them within the first 7 years. The results of the study are:   Overall, 58.2% of mothers consumed peanuts while breast-feeding and 22.5% directly introduced peanuts to their infant by 12 months. At 7 years, 9.4% of children were sensitized to peanuts. The lowest incidence (1.7%) was observed among children whose mothers consumed peanuts while breast-feeding and directly introduced peanuts before 12 months. Incidence was significantly higher (P < .05) if mothers consumed peanuts while breast-feeding but delayed introducing peanuts to their infant beyond 12 …

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Lettuce take a walk down the Organic Aisle

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Justin2 Comments

My mom and dad had stopped by my house yesterday to pay me a visit and I had asked if we could go to the store and we ended up going to Sam’s Club.  Once we got here, we took our time looking for groceries and other additional items I had needed for my apartment.  I took a stroll down to the produce aisle as my mother went to go do shopping of her own. The conventional foods were placed right next to the organic foods, but the organic sections were clearly distinguished. There were boxes that had labels on the side of them in large print: ORGANIC. The boxes stacked up and had the product protruding from the opening. The conventional items were next to them, no clear labeling or print. I decided to get a closer look into the subject. Going down the aisle, I saw a variety of mixes, pre-packaged kits, and plain greens. I had decided to walk up to the organic ­­­­­­­­­boxes and took a gander to find baby spring mix from Taylor Farms Organic …

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Grow your food!

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion, Leftovers by Justin1 Comment

I would like to approach the issue of the obesity epidemic by proposing a new plan of personal farming. If each person in the United States were to raise their own livestock and grow their own food, the factor of convenience in stores would be replaced by convenience at home. The extra energy spent on growing their own foods would accumulate a good exercise cycle. With this being said, growth and development of naturally grown foods can boost protection of the immune system by reintroducing foreign materials back into the body such as those that cause allergens and disease. Convenience plays a huge role in the obesity factor. As more and more fast food restaurants open, the level of convenience also increases. Being able to grab a hamburger with fries and a soft drink on every street corner rewards those who don’t have time. However, being able to work for your food, being able to grow it yourself, offers healthier alternatives to convenience. For example, a vegetable garden; instead of going to the store and buying ingredients to compose a …

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From Chef to Scientist

In # 1: You are what you eat by Justin0 Comments

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed watching my family cook. Either it be my dad, my mom, my grandma, or my other relatives – aunts and uncles, it has always been a fascination to me. Sooner or later, it became a reality to me. As a young adult, I began finding more interest in the culinary world; taking more hands on classes in the kitchen rather than focus on other classes / talents. Eventually, these classes became my beginning to the world of cooking. By taking a cooking class as a teenager / young adult, I was able to put my passion, dreams, and memories into my work. After my high school years, I entered Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts. My two years there have been a phenomenal experience to me, one that I’ll never forget. Going to a trade school really broadened my horizons. I’ve learned which flavors balance really well with each other, numerous different dishes I’ve never heard of before, different types of cuts, meats, vegetables, fruits, you name it! I …