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How Has Nutritionism Impacted the Way I Eat?

During one of the first quiz sections we discussed the question, how has nutritionism impacted the way you eat? To put it shortly, it hasn’t had any real effect on the way I eat. My parents emigrated to the U.S. from South Korea before I was born, thus, I grew up eating traditional Korean meals. Luckily, there was a large… Read more »

Are we going to ignore that Nutritionism™ is, like, kind of racist?

All I could say when I finished reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food was:   Okay, not intentionally racist, but racist in impact. As I put pen-to-paper finger-to-keyboard and write this out, I fully understand that my statement probably will have many supporters of nutritionism up in arms about its validity. Though, I do not intend to throw the baby out with… Read more »

Healthy Eating: Privilege or Choice

While I’d like to say that my minimum wage job provides enough disposable income for my rent, groceries, lifestyle, and savings, it’s still a familiar struggle each month deciding how to allocate my income. Certainly I’m not the only student living in Seattle that feels this monetary pressure, and surely there are people less well off across the country facing… Read more »

Why Do Politicians and Industries Collectively Act?

President Trump has recently been considering the possibility of a U.S. involved Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has surprised many domestic and international actors. Initially, Trump determined that the deal would hurt American farmers, but now that the U.S. is on the brink of a trade war with China, he feels pressure to reevaluate the TPP: “the president started to change… Read more »

Where’s the Beef, in the Freezer? An Objection to Pollan’s Diet of Frozen Steer With Purslane!

Since the 2017 fall quarter, my friends and I have been working out regularly at the IMA, putting in about 1-2 hours every day.  There, we often overhear conversations about fats, carbs, and proteins. We also talk about food a lot, and we never realized we acquired a different way of talking and thinking when it comes to food.  What… Read more »

The Flaws of Buying “Green”

Buying products marked “green” or “eco-friendly” may promote our culture’s emphasis on environmental sustainability, ensuring demands placed on the environment do not surpass what it is capable of fulfilling for present and future generations, as a value. However, the result of purchasing based on environmental claims is often the opposite of an individual’s intent. Environmental claims for products are not… Read more »

What we pollute is not just the environment but also what we eat

Human beings are in the top of the pyramid of food chain. We absorb water and nutrition from many kinds of foods such as vegetables, meats, and fishes. Recently, you can see many foods especially industrialized foods with signs, “organic” and “Genetic modification (GM)- free.” People sometimes prefer them to ones without such signs. It is possible for human beings… Read more »

How Clean Are We Getting?

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It’s time for spring cleaning in my house, and my roommates have already begun to break out the all-purpose cleaners, the disinfectant wipes, and the bleach. The excitement of ridding our house of dust, crumbs, and stains is intoxicating–perhaps literally. This spring, as we prepare for a deep clean. I find myself wondering what compounds and chemicals we are leaving… Read more »

The Foods We Eat That Harm Us Also Harm the Planet

During this week in lecture, our class had the pleasure of watching a ‘commercial’ put out and created by an organization called SumOfUs that showed the devastating effects that the palm oil ingredient in Doritos chips can have on our planet’s forests. The commercial showed a couple who met and bonded over their love of Doritos, only to eventually visit… Read more »