Archive for 2009Page 2

Speaking of Plastic bottles….

Gusties’ consumption of bottled beverages declined in 2008-09 over the prior year by about 10%. Yea Gusties! That being said, per student/faculty/staff consumption still averaged 149 bottles – yikes – that seems like way too much, doesn’t it? Next time we reach for a bottled beverage, might we consider a fountain alternative in a paper […]

Meat, Death and Compassion: More on “The Compassionate Carnivore”

(Part Two of two) Last week, I wrote some thoughts about The Compassionate Carnivore, Catherine Friend’s book about how to satisfy her meat love in the most humane, just and sustainable ways possible. My first entry explored this whole matter of love; I confronted the similarities between Friend’s love of meat and my own love […]

Eating What You Love: Ruminations on “The Compassionate Carnivore”

(Part One of two) I’ve been reading a book called The Compassionate Carnivore, by Catherine Friend, the southeastern Minnesota farmer who wrote Hit by a Farm. It’s an extremely thoughtful, readable book about how to make the choice to eat meat a responsible, sustainable, ethical, and (most of all) compassionate choice. Friend undertakes this project […]

Who grew your rice?

In this BBC story,  British student Stacey tells her story of spending five weeks in southeast Asia, working in the industries that supply Britain with its seafood and rice. Stacey came away from the experience confident in the quality and safety of the food being produced, but stunned and shocked by the toll it takes […]

What’s Inside a Cup of Coffee?

According to this story at Wired, it’s caffeine, water, 2-ethylphenol, quinic acid, 3,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid, dimethyl disulfide, acetylmethylcarbinol, putrescine, trigonelline, and niacin. Missing from the list: happiness. What’s Inside a Cup of Coffee?

National Food Holidays

Looking for a reason to celebrate? How about National Greasy Foods Day on October 25th, National Pickle Day on November 14th, or Eat Beans Day on July 3rd? The Online Recipe Box has a list of National Food Holidays for every day of the year.

Low carbon choices at the table

Here’s some handy information from the folks at the University of California Davis: Science for Stewardship and Human Wellbeing Food and Global Warming: The “Hotspots” What the research tell us… Highest energy and greenhouse gas emissions are associated with: Livestock-related methane and nitrous oxide emissions Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers Heated greenhouse production Air freight Post-retail, consumer […]

It’s not just miles that count.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all our food were locally grown? Wouldn’t the world be a better place? Well, not necessarily. As a study at the University of Wales showed, the energy used in transporting food to market represents just a tiny fraction of the energy used to grow food. Conventionally raised foods (i.e. raised […]

Sweden: on the forefront of “climate-friendly food”

Swedish authorities develop guidelines on climate-friendly food choices June 18, 2009 From Swedish News on Climate Change: Swedish authorities are the first in Europe to develop guidelines on climate-friendly food choices. The Swedish National Food administration has been working with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency to produce food recommendations that include information on the impact […]

Guide to Creating Digital Signage Images

Dining Services has embarked on a pilot project with GTS to provide digital signs in the Market Place. The sign simply rotates through a series of images. To get your message on the sign, you must create an image and submit it to Dining Services for approval and inclusion in the rotation. If you’d like […]