Non-GMO shopping guide

So after watching the documentary Food Inc. I was really grossed out and offended by the food industry and the companies that disregard consumer safety and health. I did some research and I found and super cool app that will eventually get cooler called Non-GMO, and I got it and it’s really easy to use. This app is personally my favorite app to help me choose better foods at the store, and it also allows me to e-mail the companies that I disapprove of really easily because it’s just a button away, and I can even call the company and speak to someone personally. Haven’t done that yet, but I think I will after seeing what some companies put in baby food… BABY FOOD! They’re just babies! The parents that are giving their kids these toxins have no idea about it, so I don’t blame them, but the companies that produce them are just disgusting. Anyway, I really like this app and I think it’s a life skill because I now shop for my foods with it and I will continue using it for a long time unless I find a better one. Oh, and the way it will get better is that they’re working on a barcode scanner so that you can look up and see what products are safe to buy and what products are better left on the shelf.

Here’s a video on the app that will probably be more helpful then me trying to explain the way it works;

Food Inc

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1. How have farmers’ lives been changed by recent changes in the food industry?
2. What is Monsanto?
3. What does “from seed to super market” refer to?
4. What does “revolving door” refer to?
5. Describe the modern meat industry in your own words.
6. How will this documentary impact your food choices?

1. One of the biggest changes that have affected farmers because of the food industry, is the fact that there only a handful of corporations in the food production business that farmers are forced to work for because it is too expensive otherwise. The primary goal of these companies is quantity over quality that is cheap but will create enormous profits, which creates a cycle of the big companies gaining more control over the food supply and how it is produced globally.

2. Monsanto is a company that is known for their genetically modified crops, and was one of the first to do this. They have a lot of control over crops, specifically seed, and have patented the seed so that there can be no diversity. Saving seed is illegal and farmers cannot do this, to Monsanto has a lot of power in the seed/grain industry.

3. “From seed to supermarket” means that the farmer that produced the seed or the crop, has full responsibility of the product from when it is harvested, to when it gets to the store.

4. “Revolving door” refers to the fact that the political system is flawed and functions at the expense of the consumer; powerful food corporations can just walk in and out of Washington D.C. without any repercussions. It also means that because there are only a few companies in charge of the food industry, and because of this they are so big, the farmers have no legs to stand on and fight these multibillion dollar companies and hope to be successful and still make a living.

5. The modern meat industry is disgusting. It is a ton of animals, all crammed into one tiny space, walking around in their own waste. If one animal is sick, then all the other animals are likely to catch the sickness too. The farmer fattens them up until the animal can hardly move. With cows the patties can sometimes have up to 15 different cows in just one.

6. My family already buys organically, the only thing I can do to help this situation is too write mean letters I guess, and not buy the chips and muffins at snack during school. Maybe I can also do research on what restaurants buy locally and which ones I should avoid.

More on smoothies

Because i just posted a thing on smoothies, that got me going on my other favorite smoothies that i make at home.

this one is great:

Mango Vanilla Bean Smoothie

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1/2 mango, chopped

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

3/4 cup milk – I used vanilla almond milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

contents of 1/2 vanilla bean

Combine all ingredients in a blended and mix until smooth. Garnish with additional mango slices.

Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie

strawberries
1/2 cup skim or almond milk

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup chopped strawberries

2 kiwi’s, chopped

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add all ingredients to blended and puree until smooth. Garnish with additional strawberries and kiwi.

Banana-Oat Smoothie

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INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1 banana, cut into thirds

1/2 cup fat-free milk

2 teaspoons honey

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Tropical Smoothie goodness

I love tropical, just thinking about it is making me want another yummy smoothie. Unfortunetly i made these a while ago as a side quest, and they’re all gone… Anyway, i made a tropical smoothie and it was DELICIOUS and i suggest this recipe to anyone.

coconut smoothie

Tropical Avocado Smoothie

1/2 avocado

1/2 cup lite coconut milk

1/2 cup milk or water (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

2 ice cubes

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons coconut

Sushi

I like making sushi, its fast and easy, and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients  All you need to do is get some sushi rice and make it, pick out some veggies to put in it, get some seaweed sheets, and a bamboo suhi mat thing, and your good. You can put fish in it too, I personally like crab, or tempura shrimp, but whatever floats your boat. 

 

this one is crab, avocado, and a bit of wassabi. 

Next time i think im going to throw some weird stuff in there because im not really a fan of the bland flavors, but i know its healthy, and all the cool kids eat it so i do too. Ive heard of people using quinoa instead of rice, and i looovvee quinoa and its so much more healthy then white rice so i wanna try that, maybe with some jalapenos  bits of chicken, maybe balsamic, i can see chipotle tasting good in some kind of sushi roll, apples even, i don’t know, the options are endless.

Green Curry

So I loveeeee green curry, especially the green curry from this local restaurant called buddha ruska. They have the BEST eggplant green curry EVER. I actually like it better the next day because the eggplant absorbs the curry and it tastes AMAZING. I cannot emphasize how much i love green curry. Unfortunetly the green curry is about 11ish dollars, and that can add up. So i found a recipe with eggplant, and it tastes very similar to the one at buddah ruska.

 

Ingredients

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • canned coconut milk
  • 12 cup potato (cubed cooked)
  • 1 cup japanese eggplants (cubed, regular eggplant)
  • 1 cup zucchini (cut)
  • 2 tbsps green curry paste (taste)
  • 1 cup fresh basil (chopped)
  • 3 tbsps fish sauce

Directions:

1
Steam or boil a large potato; peel and cut into cubes.
2
Cut chicken breasts, eggplant, and zucchini into bite-sized pieces.
3
Over low heat, heat the oil in a frying pan.
4
Stir in the green curry paste and let sauté for 3 minutes.
5
Add chicken and fish sauce and turn over a couple of times to coat well.
6
Add the coconut milk and stir until well mixed.
7
Let it all gently simmer for 20 minutes.
8
Add the eggplant, zucchini, potato, and basil and cook for another five minutes.
9
Remove from heat and serve over rice; serves 2.

Read more: <a href=”http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-green-chicken-curry-28404?oc=linkback”>http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-green-chicken-curry-28404?oc=linkback</a&gt;

 

Easy Green Chicken Curry

23.5 hours

Are you willing to limit your sitting and sleeping time to 23.5 hours a day? Why or why not? If yes, how (be specific)?

I want to limit my sitting hours, but not my sleeping hours because i get about 8-9 hours a nights which is what you’re supposed to get, and sleeping helps burn calories too. I tend to drive everywhere, and when i was living in Germany we would walk everywhere, so i want to get back to that place of not using my car. that would limit my sitting time. I want to start walking/running more to speed my metabolism up and burn of all of my flubber too.

What are three examples of how you can continue physical activity for the rest of your life?

I love love love yoga, and i think its really benificial physically and metally so i want to contune doing hot yoga classes weekly, and possibley increase the number of times per week to either normal yoga, or hot yoga (depending on the rates). Im really excited for college because they offer lots of free classes that im interested in taking that would add to my fitness level. Like kick boxing for instance, it sound kinda funny for a girl like me to take kick boxing classes, but i think it would be fun and having fun is important to me when i work out… otherwise i wont do it X)

Unalienable Rights

Do you believe humans have unalienable rights? why? where do they come from?

I do believe that humans have unalienable rights. Unalienable means that its set in stone basically, that you are born with an unquestionable right. Rights such as; the rights to freedom, the rights to freedom of speech, the rights to a fair trial, the rights to marriage.. etc. A lot of these rights are all unalienable in my opinion because its just the what the world should work in my opinion and what feels right. This subject ties into objective truths and where they come from. I don’t necessarily know where these truths come from, maybe from some sort of intelligent design, or maybe something else. The only right that we discussed in class that i am iffy on is, surprisingly, the right to life. This topic was mostly about whether or not abortion was ok or not, and I unfortunetly am torn between the two sides. I personally don’t think abortion is something that i would consider, but i also don’t think its ok to take that right of deciding on what that woman in the situation wants to do, to be taken away. There are two rights in this scenario  one for the mother, and one for the baby, and making this decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, but it also shouldn’t be taken away. 

Guantanamo Bay Article

This is an article about the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that are held under USA administrators. It talks about how most of the prisoners in the prison are held without charge, and that many of them are guilty. I believe the article stated that there were in fact 6 prisoners who were convicted of a crime. Here’s what the Obama Administatrion says about keeping these prisoners in Guantanamo Bay; a lot of these prisoners are scared of returning home anyway because they believe that they’ll be tortured or killed, they also don’t want the prisoners from Yemen to join the Al-Qaeda if they are sent home, and they also don’t want the prisoners to return home to an unstable government. This article discusses the issue that Guantanamo Bay is being used as a propaganda tool for Al-Qaeda

I agree with this article in that I don’t believe that innocent men should be tortured, and I don’t think its right to hold men without charge.

Slavery

Hema’s Story

Hema and her family lived a little village on the East coast of Inida. She was the oldest out of the five children in her family, but never got an education because she was basically the caretaker of the younger children while her parents worked. They lived a really hard life; the parents were farmers, and the crop was destroyed due to a drought. They were out of money, and then this super ‘nice’ guy shows up and offers a job and a better life for Hema in Bangalore as a housemaid. She goes and is happy that she can help her family out, but soon regrets it. Instead, she is forced to work as a slave without pay, and without freedom to leave. She was abused by the ‘nice’ guy who turned out to be not so nice. This story has a happy ending however in that she was rescued and has been reunited with her parents. As you can imagine though, shes traumatized and has to live with those memories for the rest of her life…

 

Prjua and Ajay’s Story

Prujua,9 and Ajay, 7 were brothers who lived on a train station in Mumbai, India. They lived with alcoholic parents who couldn’t take care of them properly. The children would often play at the Asha Deep Day Center. This center gave them the opportunity to learn how to read and write, and gave them a healthy environment to grow. So when the boys stopped showing up, the staff at the center were concerned and went to the parents to see if they had any idea what happened to them. The parents told the staff people that some guy had given them $30 for the sons. They boys have never been heard from the staff or the father again.

 

Based off of these stories I have a little hope… the boys haven’t been saved yet which is really sad though… I still believe there is hope though. Once people start hearing about these stories of young innocent CHILDREN being taken advantage of and abused, how could they not do something about it? I really don’t know how I can help, but I’m going to try. I’ve already joined an anti-slavery organization and am discussing with my parents about giving a monthly donation to it. I also really like the app that Mr. Christer showed the class, and if my ipod wasn’t broken I would have it. I plan on being more conscientious in my purchase decisions even without the app however. I’ve already done some research on alternative food sources that don’t use slave labor, and Sarah and I are going to write to organizations for our life skills class to companies that we really do love, and tell them that we can no longer support their product(s) because of their use of slavery.