Author Archives: Food Theory

ReEstablish Orientation

On Wednesday September 3rd, Kelly, Cathryn, Jason, Haley, and I, met with Kimberly to go over material in the ReEstablish Richmond orientation.  Within this hour long orientation, she presented that their are four programs within ReEstalbish Richmond, which include the following: housing, agriculture, transportation, and job preparedness.  We also discussed that Bhutan, Iraq, Burma, and Cuba, were the four main countries the refugees are from, that are in this program.  We also discussed that most of these individuals are LEP (Limited English Proficiency) and ESL (English Second Language).  We were informed that this non-profits focus is on “lovingly and patiently sharing information.”  We learned that that we need to be a tour, not a case manager, and to be aware of culture that we our selves have, along with the culture the refugees have.  It was in total, a really great meeting, that gave a clearer idea of what our team will be doing.  On Sunday, we hopefully will hear from Kimberly about future dates.

Antibiotic Use in Industrial Food Animal Production


What through me off most was the “Dose Imprecision” slide, discussing how the dosage of antibiotics is not more thoroughly taken care of and looked at.  Specifically, was the last bullet, “It is unlikely that antibiotics can be delivered at predictable or intended doses through feed.”  It’s hard to believe, that their is not more accuracy in how much antibiotics is given to these animals.  If a doctor gives you antibiotics, they’re going to give you a specific amount for a specific amount of time.  These standards, practiced by the doctors, should be practiced as well on the animals.

Arsenical Drugs in Food Animal Production


In the slide of The Roxarsone Story: 2011 and Beyond, it was curious to see that the FDA did its own study on an approved item.  As Nachman said, its very unusual for the FDA go back and reconsider something that has already been approved.  Also, the fact that we haven’t been able to pass anything is shocking.

Meeting with Kimberly


Today, our group met with Kimberly who runs ReEstablish Richmond.  During our conversation, she explained more deeply how the organization is run.  She said that there are two parts of it: (1) the community leads the refugee (2) the refugees leads the community.  She specifically told us she wants us to do story telling for the blog, by interviewing the refugees.  She also wants us to be part of the workshops, to help build trust amongst us and the refugees.

What Are We Feeding Animals – Response


While watching What Are We Feeding Food Animals, a lot of it did not surprise me.  One that completely took me off guard was the first topic: What We Feed.  The first meal staple mentioned for these animals, antimicrobials, antibiotics, and synthetic hormone, did not surprise me.  The three next ones though were jaw dropping for me.  These three food staples are: other animals that have died within process, animal waste, and waste from industrial processes.  While listening to Keeve explain these food sources further, made my stomach turn in all disgust.

I do not understand how this is not publicized more within our country.  Surely, what is being fed into their stomachs, does not only affect their bodies, but ours as well.   the lack of public and easy information is alarming, and has made it more clear how much control these large food companies have over us.

Introduction to Industrialization of Food Systems


While watching the video, I wasn’t surprised the categories under industrialization that were mentioned in the video.  The one that really surprised me though was the concentration, where companies have a monopoly over the meat.  After learning that, it made sense why their isn’t a larger demand for change, when other options are limited.

The grossest thing that I watched though during this talk was the pesticide ecosystem impacts.  While watching this, and listening how sex reversal in amphibians is happening, and immune systems in sea animals are being infected, makes me sit here and make me think “this will be happening to us too, if it isn’t already.”  It’s hard to understand how we aren’t fully educated, and aren’t given better health options when these facts are out there.

I have to go to the grocery store today, and will be looking instead now for cage free, grass fed, organic meat, even though it’ll make a dent in my pocket.  So interesting that the government before was wondering how to make food more affordable, when we now still have food that is not only not affordable, but also far less healthy.

“‘You Will Eat All of That!’: A retrospective analysis of forced consumption episodes” Response

When reading this article, I felt like I was reading my childhood.  Having ADD, I took medicine as childhood that was meant to help me focus.  One of the side-effects of the medication was having little no appetite, which made the dinner table a land of war between my mother and I.  The following paragraph within the article happened in home more four or more times a week.

Twenty-eight respondents (26.2%) reported that they were punished because they did not consume the target food: 20 experienced negative punishment (staying at the table, going to bed without any dinner), and 8 suffered positive punishment (3.g. spankings).  Finally, 10 respondents (9.3% indicated that they were deceived into eating the food, either through a lie about the true nature of the food (e.g. telling the child that the liver dinner was really chicken) or preparing the target food in another dish (e.g. cooking pieces of liver in pancakes).  

I was the child who would find herself stuck at the table for an hour if not more because I couldn’t finish eating their happy kids meal cheeseburger, and would was stuck their until I finished.  What I was surprised though that there wasn’t a section talking about a child being physically force fed, like I was when my mom was tired of me still not eating even after being at the table for more than an hour.

It’s hard though to be upset with my mother looking back, even though they were painful moments that I still remember.  The question becomes what is the healthy balance between a parent trying to provide healthy solutions for their child, and a child having a say of what they eat, and/or how much they eat the meal.

Power at the Table: Food Fights and Happy Meals – Response

I am always concerned about the amount of work women put into the kitchen for family dinners, which I was happily to see emphasized in this article:

Women are triply forced into complete liability for the eating behavior of their children, as the person still responsible for cooking most family meals in North American families, as the person who is still responsible for the majority of food shopping (which means remembering each family memeber’s individual preferences), and as the person still responsible for daily family health and household hygiene: ‘nurse mom’ (433)

Whenever I think of the general population of women having to labor over the huge process of food, I think of my aunt who has to start cooking right after work for her husband and two sons, whose stomachs never seem to cease to be hungry.  Having two individuals who are extremely picky, and two of them being over eating, she constantly has to find a balance so they can eat the same meal, if possible.

After reading this specific passage and analyzing not only the text, but how I’ve seen this struggle among women personally, I’ve been trying to find a solution for women that can offer good quality meals without the high expense of take out food from restaurants.  I still haven’t found a solution to this problem, but it would be interesting if this could be brought up in class and be discussed.