Posts tagged Food

Permaculture Gardening

The purpose of permaculture gardening is to produce the most growth and product for the least amount of effort. That’s what I was told at least at the permaculture gardening club gardening party by a student that was leading the group in pursuit of a certificate that psu gives to students that fulfill its requirements in permaculture gardening. Permaculture garden has many attractive and creative designs that you may have seen. There is a student run garden in-between Neuberger hall and The Smith Center. Some of the designs there include the keyhole garden a horse shoe shaped garden that allows you to access everything planted in it from the center, as well as a herb spiral an impressive rock and dirt spiral structure that had herbs and strawberries planted in it and they also have 3 raised bed gardens wood boxes that allow you to build soil up off the level ground about 6 inches. We spent our time pruning lemon balm in the herb spiral, aerating and adding compost to the soil in the raised beds and planting several things in them, including spring greens, lettuce, radishes, carrots and beets. It was very fun and I would recommend the club to anyone who likes to garden. Here I am pruning lemon balm

Logan Taylor

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High Fructose Corn Syrup

As I was on Facebook the other day I saw that one of my friends had become a fan of  banning high fructose corn syrup in the U.S.

Now my question to you is, do you think that this is actually possible or fessible to ban high fructose corn syrup?

Melissa L.

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Does McDonald’s care about Consumer Demands?

Right now we are sitting in class talking about big ag. companies, the government and who should demand and implement changes, such as the labeling GMO foods.  Some people say it is the responsibility of big business, some say the government, and I challenge that it is we, the people’s responsibility.  I heard this story on NPR the other day about McDonald’s changing its logo and want to pass it along for discussion.

– Jacob S.

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I overheard someone in class the other day talking about a 4 year old cheeseburger, so I youtubed it to see what it’s all about. And no, this isn’t just the way McDonalds makes their food folks, fast food is just that. Do you really KNOW what you’re eating?
Now that I do, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to have fast food again, let alone feed it to my kids. It’s just wrong! I had no idea how fake the fast food was until I watched this clip. They also talk about the top 3 things that make people fat, and I’m thinking about changing my lifestyle to cut out these three things as well. Interested?
See for yourselves!


And for all you soda lovers, here’s
part 2


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Necessary Calories?

When we had to do the food foot print project, I really started thinking about the consumption of unnecessary calories. Somebody made the comment other day, that in a week they had 109 servings of sugar. The thing is, those are pointless calories that you are consuming. If you look at the amount of calories you are consuming in those 109 servings of sugar, it could be roughly 15,000 calories, maybe even more. Now, what could you eat with 15,000 calories? One grape has about 3 calories in it…do the math, 5000 grapes! You could have 100 serving sizes of chicken, which is 400 ounces. So, people get all those excess sugar servings from drinking sweet drinks, like soda, and tea. Those drinks don’t fill you up and you’re consuming unnecessary calories. Think about it…

Eric Gietzen

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Avoiding Factory Farm Foods: An Eater’s Guide

Hey all, a friend of mine just sent me this link to a blog post on the Huffington Post and I thought I would pass it along.  Here’s an excerpt from the introduction, I thoroughly recommend you check it out:

“Most people share at least the following traits: they want to be healthy; they like animals; and they value clean air and water. Yet relatively few Americans connect those concerns with their food. As more people start making the link (especially if they’ve seen graphic video footage of industrial animal operations), many decide it’s time to stop eating foods from factory farms. This is a guide for doing just that.”

It goes on to read rather well and then finishes off with a number of principles, or pointers, for how one can go about avoiding factory farm food.  Again, here’s the link.  I would love to hear your thoughts.


– Jacob S.

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Small Serving Sizes?

I decided to google what a serving size really looks like because my guess and go didn’t seem exactly accurate. The article I read showed how small our serving sizes really are. Who knows maybe it’s not the serving sizes that are too small, maybe everyone everywhere is just getting too big. We weren’t always this obese. I’m sure everyone at this point has seen Super Size Me. And if you haven’t maybe it’s time to watch it and be informed. People are getting HUGE, and that is a fact. Maybe if we stuck to the real serving sizes we wouldn’t have so many health problems, not to mention there would be more food to go around to other people.

-Aspen B

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Eat Local Challenge: Day Three (or Two, depending on when you began)


So class, how is the Eat Local Challenge going?  My first day didn’t go well at all, as you can see by my comment under “Day One,” but I am doing better at eating local now.  I am going to run some errands today and pick up some bread from Grand Central Bakery.  This morning we had scrambled eggs and some sauted veggies, all topped with Tillamook cheese.  Yum.  I am still having a hard time with my morning beverage, I have cut the coffee out of the diet, but have replaced it with tea.  I wonder if there is anything better, or more local, that I could be choosing.  Any advice?  I am not sure what I am going to have for lunch or dinner, but I really have found myself having to spend more time thinking about what it is I am going to eat.  This is constant deliberation is a little bit stressful, but there is also something I am gaining from our Eat Local Challenge: I am educating myself and starting to truly value that which is local.

How is everyone else doing?  What is easy about this challenge?  What have you found difficult?  Do you have any recipes to share?

Comment and discuss.

– Jacob S.

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Eat Local Challenge: Resources

As we set out on our challenge to “eat local” for one week, we will inevitably ask the question, “Well, what can I eat?”  That’s a good question and I imagine that it would take each one of us quite a bit of time to find an answer.  So, rather than each one of us working hard to find those answers, why don’t make things easier by working together to share our “eat local” resources?

I would like to use this post as a place where people can add comments which give the class ideas about where they can purchase food that is grown and produced within our 250 mile limit.  Also, don’t just add the name of a place below, but also give us your evidence that it is within our circle, allowing us to assess the validity of your claim.

Comment below.

– Jacob S.

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