Spring 2011 – Post your “FOOD SYSTEMS: Choices and Politics” topical homework here:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citationon your topic, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per class meeting.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).

    142 Responses to “FOOD SYSTEMS: Choices and Politics”

    1. mayapuhpaya Says:

      Hey folks, please try and check emails before the last minute(before noon tomorrow). I have class all day Monday, so last minute correspondence about the presentation will be tricky!

    2. jocroce Says:

      Looks like this bill faces a stiff battle. Trying to get a 2/3 vote with Republican opposition is going to be a quite a challenge. It may do better if it becomes a state wide ballot initiative.


    3. mayapuhpaya Says:

      This is also interesting, how food prices are responsible for popover globally.

      1. mayapuhpaya Says:

        poverty….not popover… 😦

    4. mayapuhpaya Says:

      So here is a quick response to an article about ‘food deserts’ it is pretty empowering!

    5. jocroce Says:


      Great work by Bill Monning. This tax will generate $1.7 billion annually by taxing all sodas, sports and energy drinks, as well as sweetened teas $0.01 per fluid ounce. Money would fund nutrition education programs for minority communities, the highest consumers of these products.

    6. beverly1748 Says:

      GMO FLASH MOB, Sun, May 1st 10am-12pm
      [i’ll send the words to the song next msg]

      Dear Friends,

      I am writing to invite you to join our GMO Flash mob and to attend the practice on Sunday, May 1st, at the Live Oak Grange — 1900 17th Ave, from 10am-12pm. Please confirm by 28 April that you will be joining us. Feel free to invite others of all ages to the practice who you think would be interested in participating.

      Please memorize attached song and come prepared to be creative and have fun!

      What’s a GMO Flash Mob?
      It’s short, 5 minute or so political theater piece performed in a public setting, recorded on video, and posted on YouTube. The intent is to bring like-minded people in the community together to make a statement about a clear injustice in our food system and to proposed a solution for affecting change. Through spoken word and song we will explain how we are all being forced to eat GMOs, without our knowledge or consent. Our solution? Label GMOs and let the people decide whether to choose or refuse to eat GMO food, and not the large biotech companies like Monsanto!

      Three people will record our performance, the video will be edited, and posted on YouTube. Then, we need to work together to make the Flash Mob go viral and reach as many people as we can with our message. We do this by posting the video on Facebook, e-mailing it to friends, family, and colleagues, tweeting about it, and challenging others to do their own GMO Flash Mob.

      Watch Two Walmart Flash Mob Videos
      These will give you a sense of what a Flash Mob looks like.

      Flash mob with just singing:

      Flash mob with singing & dancing:

      *People with videos & video editing experience*
      If you are one of the people willing to film and/or edit our Flash Mob, please contact me to discuss what we need to ensure that a high quality video is produced.

      Thanks to all of you for your interest in making this happen!

      I look forward to hearing from you and to making this a fun experience and fabulous video!


      Lisa J Bunin

      1. beverly1748 Says:

        Here’s the script:


        Flash Mob Spoken word:

        Actor 1: Do you know that you’re eating genetically modified ingredients in the packaged food you buy?

        Actor 2: Yeah! GMO foods are created in the laboratory by injecting genes from one unrelated species into another. It forces plants and animals express new and unnatural traits. And, it allows seed companies to patent our fooood.

        Actor 1: GMO tomatoes have been injected with flounder genes to promote frost resistance, and pigs have been injected with human growth genes to make them grow faster.

        Actor 2: What’s even scarier is that GMO corn contains toxic pesticides in every cell of the plant?

        Actor 3: Yuck! That’s creepy! Sounds like some weird type of Frankenfood!

        Actor 1: Yeah! You can’t avoid eating GMOs because they’re not labeled.

        Actor 2: Really, they’re not labeled?

        Actor 2: No, of course not. Companies, like Monsanto, know that if they label GMOs no one would buy them. Would you?

        All Actors: No way! We need GMO labeling right now!

        GM Food Democracy
        (Sung to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic)
        Lyrics by: Lisa J. Bunin

        Mine eyes have seen the dangers
        Of those awful GMOs.

        They are being forced upon us
        By agribusiness, don’t you know.

        Addicting farmers to weed killers
        Polluting communities, oh no.

        Is our government protecting us?

        We don’t want to eat Monsanto’s GM foods!
        Selling them unlabeled is dece~ptive and rude!
        We don’t want to eat Monsanto’s GM foods!

        Label GM foods right now!

        Consumers want food labeled
        So we know what’s inside.

        If GMOs are good for us
        Why do they have to hide.

        Why not label GMOs
        Let consumers decide?

        Give us GMO transparency!

        We don’t want to eat Monsanto’s GM food!
        Selling them unlabeled is dece~ptive and rude!
        We don’t want to eat Monsanto’s GM food!

        Label GM foods right now!

        We’ve seen big corporations
        Patent public’s precious seeds.

        Farmers sued for saving those
        They used to freely breed.

        Failure of our government
        To serve people and not greed.

        Is killing our democracy.

        We don’t want to eat Monsanto’s GM food!
        Selling them unlabeled is dece~ptive and rude!
        We don’t want to eat Monsanto’s GM food!

        Label GM food right now!
        Label GM foods RIGHT NOW!

    7. mtcaldwell Says:

      Here in the U.S. your child can be suspended for bringing a peanut butter sandwich to school. But if your baby is starving or dying of disentary its a different story.


      Plumpynut is a cheap peanut/powdered milk powder that does not require refridgeration and is saving children. It can also be made locally.

    8. beverly1748 Says:

      this article talks about what progress has been made with grocery stores offering less endangered fish choices. you won’t believe who’s the new top of the list: safeway! unfortunately there is still a long way to go to make the necessary changes to restore safe levels.


    9. Ok, this is remarkable. I heard this one the news this morning and so I had to look it up. It looks like the city of Boston actually BANNED all soda, Gatorade, and other sugary drinks, as well as advertisements for those drinks. Boston is a large and influential city, and I believe this action is paving the way for more laws like this to come. Maybe New York next? LA? The interesting thing is that the city deems it necessary to direct what it’s people eats, which is a novel concept in the United States. Even in California today, the city of San Fransisco could not get a law passed that controlled the calorie content of lunches in public schools. So for Boston to get this passed is incredible. Check it out


      The article also gives a link to a map of the United States in terms of obesity, the ethnic and historical trajectory. Quite interesting:


      1. beverly1748 Says:

        while i have been an advocate for healthy, natural, organic eating for 40+ yrs, i will be surprised if this remains unprotested for its constitutionality. although i think it is terrible for people’s health, outlawing a type of food is a bit fascist. think prohibition & outlawing marijuana–yeah, that’s worked 🙂
        education & affordable options need to be made available for any real change to occur, in my opinion.

    10. zanepgriffin Says:

      Here is an article showing how sustainable, healthier food systems are becoming more mainstream and have become a more positive public image.


    11. aubreylane Says:

      article highlighting the question of whether governments should be focused on feeding their people or fueling their cars… global perspective on government subsidized ag operations, bio-fuels, and the shift from farm-neighbor to farm-world market by way of globalization.

    12. mayapuhpaya Says:

      Obesity, Food Policy, Food Culture, and Access!
      A great piece! Highlights the corruption of our government that influences policies. This also highlights the steps being taken to encourage healthful eating. Plus it’s a video!


      1. mayapuhpaya Says:

        Please watch it….it is soooooooo good!

      2. Not enough people realize that the difficulty of combating obesity lies in the socioeconomic dimension of our society. It’s not necessarily about the TASTE of food so much as it is the PRICE and AVAILABILITY. Just makes me so, sad.

      3. this is an amazing video btw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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