Posts tagged ‘appreciation’

Cheap Food

Students in college are always looking for ways to save money, this also includes searching for cheap food.  This search maybe a waste of time.  While the processed food diet may seem cheap on the surface, like an iceberg the true cost is unseen.  Food is an investment, and so called cheap food is Las Vegas; at first its worth it, but overtime it transforms into Lost Wages.  “Is Food Revolution Now in Season? Yes it is” explains that cheap food doesn’t cost much now, but the future bills due to it health and environmental effects will be much more.

Blogging is different from a Time article because blogging isn’t as formal and is more personal.  When a person is blogging they are doing it to express their own opinions.  If an author of an article expresses too much opinion this will isolate some readers and magazine will loose money.


Pollan vs. Ettlinger

In Pollan’s essay “Nutritionism” he argues that America since the dawn of our country have been obsessed with killing the joy of eating.  In his thesis he states, “But why do we even need a nutritional philosophy in the first place?  Perhaps because we Americans have always had a problem taking pleasure in eating.”(Pollen)  Pollan uses evidence to support this statement by quoting several substantial figures from different periods in American history that all disscuss the importance of not enjoying food.  “How a people eats is one of the most powerful ways they have to express, and preserve, their cultural identity, which is exactly what you don’t want in a society dedicated to the ideal of “Americanization.” 

In Ettlinger’s essay, unlike Pollan who questions why we don’t just enjoy food, Ettlinger wonders what and why certain things are in food.  In this essay the thesis is, I think, “I tried to find out how we came to make food additives on a global scale, and I had to wonder why we make such an enormous industrial effort to create artificial replacements for relatively unprocessed things like sugar.”(Ettlinger)  Despite the title I believe, based on the type of evidence he inserted into his essay, that Ettlinger wasn’t as concerned with what these chemicals were but rather why they were in the food in the first place.  The story of the twinkie I think best represents this arguement.  “And perhaps the most important question of all:if you can make a cake at home with just flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and water… how is it that thirty-nine ingredients are needed to make a twinkie?” 


Yelp Farmers Market Review

Here is a link to see my San Jose Japantown Farmers Market review:

Interview with Chris and Lilly

After wandering aimlessly through the San Jose Japan Town Farmers Market for about 15mins I finally heard a voice calling out to me asking if I wanted to try some hummus.  Obviously I accepted and as the artichoke flavored hummus was being passed around I began to ask Chris and Lilly, our local hummus dealers a few questions.

The formatting for my audio isn’t working with wordpress, I’ll try and work on it soon but the conversation went a approximately like this.

“What is your name?”


“Hi Lilly its nice to meet you, my name is Amber Nelson.”

So now what is you job at this company?

I help Chris sell the hummus.

Oh ok, how long has this company been making hummus?

Chris- About 3 years.

And how long have you been with the company personally?

Chris- A year and a half, its really nice starting with a small company, because I get to grow with it.

What is your position?

I’m pretty high up there, its hard to explain…. its, well basically I’m head sales man and I travel around to all the local farmers markets and when we get our FDA approval I will be pitching our product to stores like Trader Joe’s.

If you say your local where exactly is your company located at?

In San Leandro California

And do you work with farms in the area or do you simply purchase your ingredients?

We work with farms, and we try to make every thing as organic as possible.  Most of our farms are pretty close.  We get the ingredients and make the hummus weekly.

So your products are organic?

As organic as we can make it, there are certain ingredients we can’t get.

And if it is made weekly then is the hummus ever frozen?

No, no.. I mean it goes into freezer rooms but is never frozen. Its sold before we have time to freeze it.

Ok, so do all age groups purchase your products then?

Lilly- “the little kids really like this one because it reminds them of pizza toppings.”  (Basil and Sun Dried Tomato)

Chris- “if you like good healthy products then you want your hummus from us”

Lilly- “Once a guy came to us and said he had purchased hummus in a big container from costco and in 3 weeks of sitting in the fridge it had separated and he need to scrap the fat off the top.”

Eww… so do you believe your hummus is a better quality?

Lilly-“yes, ours wont separate and its 250 calories per tub.”

Chris- “Our hummus is made with everyone in mind.  People with diabetes and other ailments can eat our hummus.”

“Well I think I have taken enough of you time, thank you so much.”

Chris- Thank you, make sure you come back and tell us how your report went”


Free Food

The  value of these websites is really in your pocket.  These sites allow for the WiFi penny pinchers to find free food on the go with their smart phones or computers. With the internet capabilities of generation Y-Fi I think the values of these websites will transcend their original purpose of asking the question, who wants to pay for the same fruits when you can find it on public property?   With accessibility to the internet growing everyday in a few years, websites like these, I hope, will bring an end to the fact that families in poverty often eat less fruit and vegetables then their suburban counterparts.  It may like a far fetched idea today but with the combination of the green movement and technology revolution we could see more and more accessible public property free food.

Even though this video doesn’t present the same arguments as above I believe that it give a good description of the current problem in our country, which is the high correlation between poverty and malnutrition.

-Amber Nelson

Visual Essay

In Kalman’s Visual essay “And the Pursuit of Happiness: Back to the Land.”  Kalman is trying to impose her view that Americans need to use the new but old notion of simply, slow and homegrown food.

The modern notion of the classic home garden

Kalman often uses the founding fathers as a source of credibility in her piece, stating that they wanted an agricultural society.  By then placing a photo of President Washington a reader can’t help but to feel obligated to change.

Who do you trust to lead us?

Simply Kalman uses photos in her essay to gain an emotional appeal among the readers.


The Future of Food

The Future of Foods movie was an informational film trying to educate the public that genetically engineered foods were rushed onto the market without much testing, despite FDA Scientists warnings. Because of this 3 major problems, highlighted in the film, come into focus.  First most people are under the assumption that genetically modified foods will create a world without famine and starvation.  Could they mean the opposite?  With modifications scientists are reducing the genetic-variability of our crops, and with less biodiversity the chances of widespread crop damage and famine increases.  The second proposed problem is the method of engineering the crops.  In order to modify crop genetics bio engineers attack the cells with viruses and bacteria that can alter the crops DNA with the approved gene traits wanted.  Many skeptical scientists ask the question, what if the gene mutates or has any adverse affects on humans?  The third problem isn’t a question like the others.  It has already begun to happen.  The movie discusses the problems involved with the money that is sponsoring the Gene revolution.  Patent laws and FDA regulation seem to be only benefiting one part of the industry, which is causing adverse affects on farmers and consumers.

-Amber Nelson