HRS177|Spring2012

Chickens: What Are We Really Eating?

I had never done any research on genetically modified organisms so I decided to do some research on chicken and their relationship to GMOs and biotechnology. According to my research, there are no genetically engineered chicken that are sold for human consumption. However, the controversy lies in the diet of the farmed chicken that are sold for our consumption. Chickens are being fed GMO foods in addition to steroids to raise bigger chickens faster. People are then concerned with the question that if chicken eat steroids and GM foods, does it affect our health when we eat these chickens?

College Dorm Food and Eating Habits

As a second-year UCLA student that still lives in the college dorms, my source of nutrition is dictated by what is available to me on campus. While the healthiest option would be to go to the buffet dining halls every meal to get my full range of food groups, my busy schedule and laziness result in frequent trips to the take-out "fast food" restaurants. In particular, I visit Rendezvous cafe at least once daily on the weekdays (no exaggeration).

The Food We've been Eating isn't What it Seems.

I have been trying to be meticulous of what I eat by eating more vegetables and choosing brown rice. However, after watching “Nova: Harvest of Fear”, I realized that I haven't been as careful as I thought! It really is scary because many, as depicted in the video, don't even realize that they have been eating genetically modified food. I, for one, definitely have been clueless. I knew about Monsanto and the despicable actions they do to the farmers to increase their profit.

Soybeans

 

As I try to increase my consciousness of the foods I intake, I find myself turning to a more vegan diet.  The video by Mark Bittman titled, "What's Wrong With What We Eat," found below, discusses the importance of using less animal products in order to decrease the destruction of the environment.  

Yummy in my Tummy

So in preparation for this blog, I documented all the food I've had for the day. I live in an apartment and only go home during breaks, if even that. So I basically survive on my own cooking and restaurants. The latter is much less prevalent as I am the typical broke college student surviving on financial aid and the stipend I receive for research.

Goats with Super Powers

I have always been a fan of genetically modified organisms.  I have heard of the ethical issues and their possible negative effects but that still doesn't deter me from supporting the pursuit of experimentation at the genetic level.  In the past I had heard of genetically modified goats being used to produce new things within their milk and for this assignment I decided to delve further into that one interesting discovery channel show that I half paid attention to.

Creating One Culture

My name is Max Israel and I’m a 3rd year psychology major. I personally find the disparity of the arts and sciences discussed in “The Two Cultures” and “Toward a Third Culture: Being in between” particularly intriguing. As a psychology major, I feel like I am caught in between the arts and the sciences. One can see with the physical separation of the arts on north campus, and the sciences in south campus, my department at Franz Hall seems to be located at the borderline between the two.

GM Foods: Benefits and Faults

Like a typical modern American diet, my diet is primarily composed of genetically modified foods. Almost everything that a typical American consumes, having bought the products from regular stores, is genetically altered. However, compared to many people, I usually eat homemade food. I believe that this is beneficial, though the ingredients are still genetically altered. At least, while eating at home, one knows exactly what he or she consumes and in what quantities. Foods eaten outside are often rich in unhealthy fats and carbohydrates.

Honors 177 Week 2

As a college senior, I have perfected the art of feeding oneself on a fixed financial budget. Not having lived in the dorms for two years, the plentiful options for each meal are now replaced with standard bowls of cereal, fruit, and frozen foods. Naturally considered a food staple, milk is used in a multitude of ways, including baking, coffee creamer, and the aforementioned cereal.

Week 2 Blog--Shiwei Huang

My family moved to San Francisco after I graduated from high school in China. My diet used to consist of my grandmother’s Chinese cooking. I am not picky about what I eat, so now I only have Chinese food when I go home. The staple food in a Chinese meal is rice, and it is commonly eaten as steamed rice. Rice is also a common material in many dishes. I want to discuss rice in this blog.

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