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Increase the Dough for Safer Dough

In # 8: Food safety: who is responsible? by Madison1 Comment

Dear Editor, Out of all of the ways our government spends money, the one that impacts all citizens every day does not receive funds to do the job right. Now I’m not suggesting that we downsize the Department of Defense or the Department of Justice or something incredibly integral to the functioning of American society as a whole, but I do believe that food safety is very important to citizens and therefore the government (by default). Every year, foodborne illnesses cause sickness in an estimated 48 million Americans. 128,000 people are hospitalized, and 3,000 individuals die each year from foodborne illness. Of the 48 million cases of sickness, only about 9.4 million are due to recognized pathogens. These 31 pathogens are known to cause foodborne illness. However, the remaining 38.4 million cases of foodborne illness are caused by unspecified agents. These could include anything from microbes to chemicals as well as other substances whose effects in food have not yet been determined. We only know the true cause of twenty percent of foodborne illness cases. Extensive research is needed to …

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Unnatural Reality

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Madison0 Comments

Ahh, GMOs. The acronym that sends helicopter mothers, crunchies, and hipsters alike running away in fear wearing hazmat suits. Soon it will be required in the U.S. for food companies to include GMO labels on all of their presence notifying consumers of the presence of genetically modified ingredients. Is this really necessary, though? I think not. First of all, let it be said that GMOs are not really a new thing. Our species has been manipulating the genetics of other plants and animals for thousands of years through domestication and selective breeding. Crops like corn, seedless watermelon, and peaches are all plants that have been refined over thousands of years through selective cross pollination and agricultural practices. Through artificial selection, tomatoes have been bred from the size of blueberries to their current size. Corn was selectively bred from teosinte to produce larger kernels and seed heads. My point is that a majority of plant species today have been consistently bred and pollinated in strategic ways for thousands of years. We humans have already been meddling with plant business, GM crops …

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What’s on tap? Sustainability

In # 5: Sustainability by Madison0 Comments

Many food companies have realized the importance and opportunity of sustainability programs and practices. One such company in Anheuser Busch InBev. Since 1992, this company has invested more than 80 million dollars towards sustainability and environmental stewardship programs. Anheuser Busch partners with several different conservation organizations and campaigns including Living Lands and Waters, California Trout, Keep America Beautiful, River Network, and the Nature Conservancy. The company has committed to several  different sustainability programs under three main areas: water, recycling, and energy.   Water conservation in very important to Anheuser Busch. The beverage company has created the Water for a Better World campaign to focus on water conservation. This campaign has focused on reducing water use within beverage processing. Since beginning this program, Anheuser Busch has reduced water use by 11 percent  in the last 5 years and by 50 percent in the last 10 years. Since 2010, Anheuser Busch has partnered with the River Network to host local local river and watershed restoration and protection projects. One of Anheuser Busch’s brands, Stella Artois, partners with Water.org in the “Buy a …

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Our Future is Found in the Ways of the Past

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion by Madison0 Comments

Executive Summary With the obesity epidemic on the rise, it has become crucial to the future of the United States that action be taken in order to fend off this slow and silent killer. Obesity has many factors, but the main causes are eating too much and not exercising enough. The most efficient way to fight obesity in this country is outlined in the following three-step plan. Step 1: Make food taste bad. As Americans, we love to indulge ourselves with delicious food. More often than not, this food is incredibly unhealthy: rich in calories and simple carbohydrates. I admit that sometimes when I find a meal absolutely delicious I eat it to the point of being uncomfortable because I hate to leave good food on a plate. I know that I am not alone in this mentality. In order to eliminate the indulgence culture in this country, making food taste bad is necessary. If all food tasted bad, citizens of this country would view food simply as a fuel, not a fun experience. However, the food would be less …

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So Much More Than Food

In # 1: You are what you eat by Madison0 Comments

To me, food has always meant more to me than simply sustenance. It has been there for me to celebrate the good and reconcile the bad. Food has provided me the setting to make many memories. It was the opportunity to use my imagination, grow in my friendships with others, and share experiences I will never forget. As a kid in a rural town, food was the only activity I consistently had growing up. Sure, I played outside and watched TV, but mealtimes were a time that I could use my imagination with something more interactive. I remember my Mom making Kraft Mac ’n Cheese for my sister, Rylie, and I most days for lunch. Rylie and I would sit next to each other at the table, pretending we were at a campfire. We pushed noodles lengthwise onto the tines of our forks and sang campfire songs while “roasting” our “hotdogs” (noodles) over the roaring bonfire contained in the mac ‘n cheese pot. When I got inevitably older, food became less of a toy and more of a social interaction. …