Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
At this website, the writer is criticizing Food Inc. The writer believes that although Food Inc. is a good movie to warn people about their food they are eating, they believe that the movie isn't finished. Which there are certain parts in which the movie should be expanded and explain more about the consequences of our food industry.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Food Inc. exposes the grim issues that face the food industry in America. Big business has taken over food production in the nation. The control is isolated to three or four large companies that have manipulated their employees and corrupted the regulation processes to cut cost. The focus of these big businesses has been to make more money. This focus has shifted so greatly from creating the best product and helping your neighbor principles of the past.
Our food has become so processed. One hamburger patty can be made up of thousands of cows. If one cow is infected with a food born illness, thousands of hamburger patties can become infected just that quickly. Thousands of people can become severely sick, and die in many cases. Joe Salatin said, “I think it’s one of the most important battles for consumers to fight: the right to know what’s in their food, and how it was grown.” These big businesses will do everything in their power to keep their production methods out of public knowledge.
This is a picture of a garden kit put together which would be great if you lived in town or don't have a place to dig your garden.
Friday, January 27, 2012
I thought that this was a good link showing the connections and strong ties that these huge companies have in our government. The film stated that they had high profile connections to our departments of agriculture, but looking more in depth into the topic it becomes more and more scary how much say that these companies have over their own destiny and that no one can really touch them. Truly a wider movement needs to take place to remove these private industries from any point of political power to reestablish justice for all and especially them.
A domestic art that I myself was close to was raising animals. Although I myself did not take a liking to it, there was an undeniable connection the the animals that one raises. My family for a few years had invested into creating an alpaca farm. While it was not very successful as the recession took its tole on the small business, it was certainly a valuable learning experience. While it may not be a valuable domestic art, it is certainly an interesting one, and one I am glad I have experienced.
The most important thing that struck me about the movie is how the companies that produce the
food handle problems. The food producers try to remove E. coli from the meat by dousing it in
ammonia, which is found in pee, ammonia is also toxic. I think that it would have been easier to fix
the reason why the cows had E. coli than to put in a toxic chemical to get rid of the bacteria. The
link at the top is to a web site that is similar to those mentioned at MRQE.com but has the points
from the movie listed as well.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The domestic art that I think is the most important is the homecooked meal vs. the fast food meal. I think having a homecooked meal is very important because when you cook it yourself atleast you know whats going into your food. I understand that the lifestyles that people lead today are sometimes way to busy to make home cooked meals where the family can eat together. Everyone has different schedules and are on the go constantly, so they resort to fast food. Fast food is more convenient and cheaper than buying stuff to make your own meal. I know it's hard for my family to all have time to sit down and eat dinner as a family because we all have busy schedules and I am not home a lot because of school and work, so I do stop and get fast food but I also love the homecooked meals!
I thought that Food Inc. was very interesting. What really stuck me that I thought was very important was Barbara Kowalcyk’s story about her son dying after 12 days of eating a hamburger. She said “I feel like the food industry was more protected than my son.” I agree with her because the food industry should be safe for us and the people should be protected from contaminated food but that wasn’t the case. My step dad works at Hord’s located right outside of Bucyrus. They have multiple barns like the ones in the film. It made me sick watching the film to see how they treat the animals. Last November, my step dad got a rare staph infection and almost lost his legs from being in those barns. They aren’t very sanitary and that’s how many people get sick and some die from these barns and slaughterhouse not being clean at all. I was talking to my step dad about the film and he told me about a slaughterhouse in Texas that had an underground pipeline that drained pig blood into a creek behind the slaughterhouse. They were contaminating the rivers in Texas. On the website I linked, there is a video that talks more about it.
My most favorite quote was actually the very first thing said in the movie "The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the last 10,000 years." This quote gives us so much to think about and it can mean many different things from; fast food vs. homemade, processed vs. organic, farming vs. factory. There so many different ideas in this one small quote. I find it very interesting that Tyson and Monsanto would not be interviewed for this film, it is so obvious that they know what they are doing is wrong. I personally think it looks worse on them to not be interviewed than it would if they would just come out and answer a couple questions.
One of the biggest shockers to me was the Monsanto situation. I knew that Monsanto was one of the biggest seed retailers but I didn't realize how much trouble a farmer could in if they didn't use Monsanto seeds exactly to their liking. My grandpa and many of the other Farmer's in my area use to reuse their own seeds. That was just the way it worked, if you got a good yield with a seed you wanted to use it again next year. In fact my grandpa still has a seed dryer to this day. Since the Monsanto topic interested me so much I researched a little bit of the history behind the Roundup ready soy bean. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Monsanto_and_the_Roundup_Ready_Controversy this is a great article about the company and the chemicals they use. Again I do believe that everyone should watch this movie because as my grandpa would say, city kids don't know where their food comes from.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I thought that the film Food Inc. was very disturbing. Many things that were said in the film really stuck out too me, one of the things that was said was about the supermarkets no longer having seasons, they sale tomatoes all year around, the tomatoes are now picked when they are green and then sprayed with a gas, so its not a real tomato. I thought that this film was horrible, I understand that in order for us to eat food, and fast food that we have to have someone make it, but I feel that it would be so much better if the farmers made it, instead of the factories. I think that there would be less e- coli in the food if the farmers produced it. I thought it was horrible how the chickens are treated in a chicken house. I am glad that Carole Moreson allowed the camera men to go into the chicken house, even though she lost her contract. I don't think that was right for them to do, she was just trying to show us the "real truth" about the chickens. I didn't like how the Latino men came in and took all of the chickens at night, it didn't matter if they were sick or healthy they were all slaughter. They say "Were not producing chickens, were producing food." I never knew that different products were made out of corn, some of the ones that really shocked me was Ketchup, peanut butter, fast food, dippers, twinkies, and batteries. I thought it was so sad how that mother lost her child, but I am glad that she started the "Kevin Law" all she wanted was an apology and the company to do something about the e-coli problem. Overall this film made me sick to my stomach, I don't like the way that the animals were killed, especially the baby chicks that was horrible. The problems I see with this is our economy is too lazy to produce fresh food, they want to make the people work on assembly lines, instead of having the farmers produce nice healthy food.
Facts from Food, Inc.
In the 1970s, the top five beef
packers controlled about 25% of the
market. Today, the top four control
more than 80% of the market.
In the 1970s, there were thousands
of slaughterhouses producing the
majority of beef sold. Today, we
have only 13.
In 1998, the USDA implemented
microbial testing for salmonella and
E. coli 0157h7 so that if a plant
repeatedly failed these tests, the
USDA could shut down the plant.
After being taken to court by the
meat and poultry associations, the
USDA no longer has that power.
In 1972, the FDA conducted 50,000 food safety inspections. In 2006, the
FDA conducted only 9,164.
During the Bush administration, the head of the FDA was the former
executive VP of the National Food Processors Association.
During the Bush administration, the chief of staff at the USDA was the
former chief lobbyist for the beef industry in Washington.
Prior to renaming itself an agribusiness company, Monsanto was a chemical
company that produced, among other things, DDT and Agent Orange.
In 1996 when it introduced Round-Up Ready Soybeans, Monsanto controlled
only 2% of the U.S. soybean market. Now, over 90% of soybeans in the
U.S. contain Monsanto’s patented gene.
Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas was an attorney at Monsanto from
1976 to 1979. After his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Thomas
wrote the majority opinion in a case that helped Monsanto enforce its seed
The average chicken farmer invests over $500,000 and makes only $18,000
32,000 hogs a day are killed in Smithfield Hog Processing Plant in Tar Heel,
N.C, which is the largest slaughterhouse in the world.
The average American eats over 200 lbs. of meat a year
30% of the land in the U.S. is used for planting corn.
The modern supermarket now has, on average, 47,000 products, the
majority of which is being produced by only a handful of food companies.
70% of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient.
SB63 Consumer Right to Know measure requiring all food derived from
cloned animals to be labeled as such passed the California state legislature
before being vetoed in 2007 by Governor Schwarzenegger, who said that he
couldn’t sign a bill that pre-empted federal law.
Corn products include: ketchup, cheese, Twinkies, batteries, peanut-butter,
Cheez-Its, salad dressings, Coke, jelly, Sweet & Low, syrup, juice, Kool-Aid,
charcoal, diapers, Motrin, meat and fast food.
Corn, which is the main ingredient in animal feed, is also used as a food
additive. Those products commonly include: Cellulose, Xylitol,
Maltodextrin, Ethylene, Gluten, Fibersol-2, Citrus Cloud Emulsion, Inosital,
Fructose, Calcium Stearate, Saccharin, Sucrose, Sorbital, High Fructose Corn
Syrup, Citric Acid, Di-glycerides, Semolina, Sorbic Acid, Alpha Tocopherol,
Ethyl Lactate, Polydextrose, Xantham Gum, White Vinegar, Ethel Acetate,
Fumaric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Baking Powder, Zein, Vanilla Extract, Margarine,
1 in 3 Americans born after 2000 will contract early onset diabetes; Among
minorities, the rate will be 1 in 2.
E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks have become more frequent in America,
whether it be from spinach or jalapenos. In 2007, there were 73,000 people
sickened from the E. coli virus.
Organics is the fastest growing food segment, increasing 20% annually.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
The most helpful source that i found in my research was Steve's 2005 Commencement address at Stanford University. For me this provided the most useful insight into Steve, because it was his own words.
For me this Image represents Steve Jobs. Even though he had quite the success with Pixar he will be forever linked to Apple. Because, you cant have Apple without Steve Jobs.
I want you to see the original rhetoric for some of the profiles in this book, and the difference between what you read and what we see here.
The person I did my paper on was Crazy Horse who was a Lakota Native American. The thing I thought was so inspirational about Crazy Horse was his generosity. I thought this was so important because this sets up how he became such a great leader and why so many other Native Americans followed him. The passage that really showed this in my paper was when Crazy Horse tribe got snowed in one harsh winter, his father had brought back some food from his hunt. Instead of just taking the food Crazy Horse went around telling the elders that there was food for them. So the elders came and they left chanting Crazy Horse. Why this passage is so important is because the people of the tribe respected him and this would help him lead his people in the war to keep there land.
This is the source I found most helpful because it was a view from the Native American side of the story and told of Crazy Horse when he was younger.
The most interesting thing about Thomas Edison was how determined he was with all of his inventions specifically when he invented the first electric light bulb, because he would never give up on any of his inventions no matter what. One quote that really stood out to me is, "He did not just invent new and useful things but changed the way men and women lived." I liked this quote the best because it shows that Edison made an impact on all men and woman by never giving up and looking at even his failures as a success.
This is the link that provided me the most insight as to Notch's personality and life as it is his personal blog for all things him. Especially his post where he states views on larger issues or his inspirations.
In the larger scope of things, Notch is a shinning example of unrestricted creativity. As I said in my paper, the best part about him is that he is doing what he loves to do, create and play video games. His passion and ingenuity are something that all human beings should strive for and his creativity should be something that all people should express in one way or another.
Frank Lloyd Wright was a architectural visionary. he designed building to fit with there surrounding not stick out. he was the first to utilize low angled roofs and buildings with no basements he called these prairie style architect. he was able to be successful with out ever finishing high school or a degree from a university everything he learned was from a guy named Louis Sullivan. Sullivan planted to the seed to make Frank the amazing architect that he was. Frank too Sullivan's falsity and ran with it never looking back and changing it slowly along the way. one quote of his that stood out to me was "No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. it should be of the hill, belonging to it. hill and house should live together,each the happier for the other."
Martha Graham was a Ballet dancer who knew in her heart that dance could be so much more. For a total of 70 years or more Martha gave life to her dreams and visions. Even though the one time she tried to give herself a break and retire, it almost killed her. So she went back to it and lived another 30 years.
"For many years Ms.Graham studied and worked in the field of dance. She was finally able to work on her dream and instruct new dancers. With her new charge of fresh performers, she began to experiment and discovered new styles that would change the world of dance for all time."
John Brown was an abolitionist who was a leader in the movement for violent protest against slavery. He is most known for his raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859. Historians claim Brown's raid was the breaking point between the North and South. A year later succession and the American Civil War broke out. In his attempt to liberate Virginia, Brown was captured and later hung for murder and treason against Virginia. John Brown became a martyr for the movement of liberation. ""John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave, His soul is marching on." The soldiers sang this song as they marched into battle.
Brown volunteered the majority of his life and all of his family to this movement that he so deeply believed in. John Brown's spirit would bring new life to the abolition movement and gave those fighting for the cause the drive to see it succeed. Brown shows us if we believe in something so deeply, we must fight for it. In Browns case it meant sacrificing his life.
The most interesting thing about John Lennon, was that he was able to make the listener , laugh, cry, angry, or all of the above. I think that what we could learn that life is hard, but if we just, listen to one of the simplest songs Lennon ever wrote, '"Imagine all the people- living life in peace." We would be able to think of the world as a better place, and possibly have a more peaceful outlook on life. Here is a picture that shows how big of a dreamer, and how the world looked in Johns's eyes.
By now we have all learned at least a small amount about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I mean come on we have a holiday in his honor. He was born on January 15, 1929 and was shot and killed on April 4, 1968. He was thirty nine. Though his death was upsetting for the civil rights activists, who were of all ethnic background, even whites, it was also what filled them with even more passion to keep fighting for equality. While he was alive he also gave many speeches that would continue to ignite the fire in people to listen to his rules about non-violent protests. I believe that Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech was his most influential and most remembered speech of all time. My favorite clause of his speech, which can be found at http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/martin-luther-kings-speech-dream-full-text/story?id=14358231&page=2#.Tx18S-yO6So was:
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
This clause really says something about Dr. King as a person and why people believed in his vision and Dream of gaining equality for the masses.
surprisingly Wikipedia had the most information on Howard Hughes in one place here is the link.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Biography of George Harrison.
As you may know, he became extremely militant at one point, and felt the only way society would accept blacks was through violent protest and an upheaval of the system. Later in his life, he changed his mind, and Dr. King and Malcolm X both worked to use nonviolent means. But this was not an easy change to make, for many reasons. Check out some of his speeches in this link if you wish to know more about this.
Let me give you two images and notice the difference in tone and force in each. Images are powerful parts of our rhetoric. Be wise and considerate in your use of them, please.
One of the greatest things that Sally Ride is known for is being the first American woman in space. "The event also led to people seeing women as more equal to men than they ever had before". NASA had previously put a woman through the training to go into space, but her mission was canceled and she never got the opportunity to go on another. With determination and hard work she helped lead the way for other great females to enter the science and technological fields. She never let being a female get in her way of doing what her passion was, which was showing that women are just as knowledgeable in the science and technologically fields as men.
Maya Angelou is an inspiring poet, actress, writer, activist, educator, and so much more. Today she is idolized for her fights against racial discrimination and abuse. She fought hard for the rights of African Americans and she stood beside Malcolm X and Martin Lurther King Jr. Maya Angelou is inspiring because despite all the racial discrimination and abuse that she dealt with as a child, she still continued to fight hard to change the way of the world. Maya Angelou wanted to change the world "we all have our own dreams and our own ways to achieve them. Some of us want to change the life of others, some of us want to make an impact on society, and others, well, they just want to make a difference in the world." Maya Angelou wanted to do all three. She wanted to change the lives of African Americans, she she wanted to change the way her society dealt with racial discrimination and she wanted to leave an imprint on the world to see. If we can learn one thing from Maya Angelou, it is that fight your heart out and rise about the impacts of society.
Louie Simmons is an innovator in the field of athletic training. In my opinion his greatest contributions to the field are his theories on rehabilitation of injuries. I have personally used his theories on shoulder rehabilitation to great benefit. One of the most effective exercises which Louie has pioneered for rehabing shoulders is the use of a semi rigid bar (typically bamboo) while bench pressing. This involves attaching weighted kettle bells to the end of the bar with elastic bands. The swinging of the kettle bells creates a "chaotic" movement. "This chaotic movement makes it an excellent prehab/rehab exercise for the shoulders (Bell, "Q&A with Westside Barbell's Louie Simmons)".
Due to the fact that Louie Simmons is considered the go to source for information on athletic training I got a lot of my information directly from his website, http://westside-barbell.com/
My paper was about Steve Jobs and how he impacted the world. His company he co-founded has made many products that made people have a faster way to be connected with people on the go and to download the latest music and many other things. He was a visionary and he thought he could change the world for the better and I believe he did. In my paper I wrote, "Steve did not create the first MP3 player or the first computer or the first tablet but he did know how to make things better, easier to use, and more useful," because if you bought a MP3 Player it was difficult to first put music on it but Apple and Steve Jobs come up with iTunes so it was easier to put music on your iPod. He always had an idea to make things better.
The man i wrote my paper is Steve jobs, late CEO of Apple. Its common knowledge that Steve Jobs helped to change the world in the views of technology. He helped to improve the PC, the MP3, the phone and he even came out with a new toy, the tablet PC. The most inspiring thing i can think that this man did was a speech to Stanford college. In this speech he challenged his listeners to do what the believe in a work for it, "your time is limited so dont waste it being someone else". This was truly inspiring coming from a man who dropped out of college and became one of the most successful men in the modern world. Steve Challenged his listeners to work for what they believe in and become the next great visionary of our time.
I wrote my essay on Benjamin Franklin. We all know him as the person who discovered electricity but the most inspirational thing about him is his passion for writing. "His love for writing showed us that he was a creative visionary. He went from writing secrete letters for his brothers newspaper as a child to owning his own newspaper and writing a very successful almanack as an adult." (my essay quote)
i got most of my information about Benjamin Franklin from the website http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/ . This is a very useful source that helped me write my paper about Benjamin Franklin. There are autobiographies, biographies, and other helpful information about him.