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Chipotle’s “Farmed and Dangerous” Series Misinforms Consumers Under the Veil of Social Change

By on Mar 19, 2014

Chipotle’s Farmed and Dangerous mini series, a follow up to its Scarecrow cartoon that made waves across the agricultural landscape, uses gross exaggeration and tasteless humor to illustrate the “face” of the food industry as they see it. But, for those of us that are familiar with the agriculture pipeline, this sort of parody can prove to be disrespectful and frustrating. While for those of us who are new to understanding the food production landscape and the players, a parody such as this which throws a veil over the industry can lead to major misinformation and confusion. In response, here’s my attempt to illuminate¬† some of the real life faces of the farming industry. There’s no Buck Marshall here… 1. Who the heck is the Industrial Food Image Bureau (IFIB)… in real life Sometimes it helps to put a face to a name, but unfortunately, Chipotle...

{Product Review and Giveaway} Zoe Preps for School With Her Yak Pak Lunch Tote

By on Feb 25, 2014

I just received news that Zoe was accepted into a highly selective pre-school and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. Phil and I survived the parent interview, Zoe thrived in the playgroup (despite the pressure of being in a new place separated from Mommy and Daddy), and little Jada kept her baby-cool even when she had just cause to turn up the heat. I couldn’t be more over the moon about this new chapter in the fabulous life and times of little Miss Zoe, and thought the absolute best way to celebrate her budding independence would be to let her make her lunch (for the first time), and stash it in her new Yak Pak lunch tote in preparation for her first day of school. She even crafted her own lunch menu: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, apple slices, and 2 animal crackers…because lunch is never complete without a treat. She smeared the peanut butter. She smeared the grape...

Are GMOs The Answer To World Peace?

By on Feb 7, 2014

A U.S. intelligence report warned that fresh water supplies around the world are unlikely to keep up with global demand, increasing political instability, hobbling economic growth and endangering world food markets. But wait…before you go running to your underground bunker with water jugs and tin cans in tow, my reasoning for sharing this was not to elicit fear, but rather to encourage you to think more critically about the role that GMOs are playing in the world food market. Instead of chanting “What are GMOs?” What might we discover if we explored “Why GMOs?” Like many of you, I’m aware of the debate surrounding GMOs serving as the answer to world hunger, but it wasn’t until I began to ask “why” that I resolved that genetically modified plants are not just an attempt to cure world hunger…but rather they can be a bridge to...

Why Dristi Should Be Incorporated In Every Yoga Practice: A Yoga Teacher’s Response to XO Jane’s, “It Happened To Me” Essay

By on Feb 1, 2014

As I reflect on a recent article published in XO Jane by Jen Caron “It Happened to Me: There Are No Black People In My Yoga Class and I’m Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It,” it confirmed that teachers who do not incorporate dristi into their classroom do an injustice to all of their students. Furthermore, students who do not actively incorporate dristi into their personal practice stunt the development of their yoga practice and the practice of those around them. In Jen Caron’s essay, she highlights how a black, heavyset woman who “appeared to had never set foot in a yoga studio” attended a yoga class, and in the author’s eyes, the space was not conducive to this newcomers needs. She cited how the newcomer couldn’t keep up with the practice after the opening “light stretches” and how the new student’s frustrations...

Dutch Composer Uses Multimedia to Pay Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Like None Other

By on Jan 24, 2014

Every year that Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday surfaces, one can find a barrage of tributes to remind us of his legacy. Documentaries, photos, and famous speeches are plastered across various forms of media, and at times, the commemoration can appear to be fraught with formality rather than authenticity. And so you can imagine my surprise when a Dutch composer fused a multimedia experience that paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a way that was engaging, perceptive… and haunting. On Monday, January 20th, the Chicago Sinfonietta performed a piece entitled “Mountain Top” by Dutch composer JacobTV, and it was nothing short of incredible. It was commissioned by Dutch National broadcasting company NTR and premiered worldwide on May 31, 2008 at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. This week marked the first time the composition has been performed live the United...

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