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10 July 2008 @ 08:58 pm
"It's true that cheap industrial food is heavily subsidized in many ways such that its price in the supermarket does not reflect its real cost. But until the rules that govern our food system change, organic or sustainable is going to cost more at the register, more than some people can afford. Yet, or the great majority of us the story is not quite so simple. As a society we Americans spend only a fraction of our disposable income feeding ourselves -- about a tenth, down from a fifth in the 1950s. Americans today spend less on food, as a percentage of disposable income, than any other industrialized nation, and probably less than any people in the history of the world. This suggests that there are many of us who could afford to spend more on food if we chose to. After all, it isn't only the elite who in recent years have found an extra fifty or one hundred dollars a month to spend on cell phones (now owned by more than half the U.S. population, children included) or television, which close to 90 percent of all U.S. households now pay for. Another formerly free good that more than half o us happily pay for today is water. So is the unwillingness to pay more for food really a matter of affordability or priority?"

"I don't have a sufficiently vivid imagination to look at my steer and see a barrel of oil, but petroleum is one of the most important ingredients in the production of modern meat, and the Persian Gulf is surely a link that passes through this (or any) feedlot. Assuming [a calf] continues to eat 25 pounds of corn a day and reaches a weight of 1200 pounds, he will have consumed in his lifetime the equivalent of 35 gallons of oil-- nearly a barrel."

"The food industry burns nearly a fifth of all the petroleum consumed in the United States (about as much as automobiles do). Today it takes between 7 and 10 calories of fossil fuel energy to deliver one calorie of food energy to an American plate."
Current Mood: pensivepensive
30 April 2008 @ 01:36 am
1. hey day actually is a good tradition here at penn. i had just a fantastic time. except for feeling pretty crappy from 10PM until about 20 minutes ago. but still... good times were had

2. writing 4 papers in 8 days is going to be quite interesting

3. this summer could quite possibly be terrible. stupid economy. stupid washington dc. this does not bode well for the future.

4. on the other hand, i won't be poor in the immediate future, so i can go to fun places like dc and boston and nyc where my friends have real jobs and i can mooch off their living arrangements for free weekend visits

5. taking a nap from 7pm-9pm was a really bad idea

6. bedtime would be a good idea seeing that its past 2 and i should go to work at some point tomorrow...
12 February 2008 @ 12:29 am
missing italy a LOT right now.

what will fix that? i guess drinking a ridiculous amount on my birthday will have to be a start.
24 December 2007 @ 03:01 pm
i woke up this morning and had no idea where i was.

i'm refusing to have jetlag and avoiding packing.

the only thing that could make it more christmas for me is some freshbaked cookies. i might just need to make some later today, despite the fact that life in italy meant more sweets than i've ever had in my life (which, um, is saying something coming from me)

it's nice to be home.
for the moment.
14 November 2007 @ 11:12 am
Don't you just hate it when you're simply disappointed in someone as a person. Like you weren't expecting them to suck, but then they do? Too bad.

But, my weekend this week in fact starts on Wednesday so I'm a happy girl. Spritz and shopping are all I need.
03 November 2007 @ 03:42 am
NEVER attempt to eat a whole sleeve of oreos. even when drunk. even when jsut for fun.

it doesn't end well
22 October 2007 @ 12:57 pm
i LOVE italy

even though i'm sick
even though i'm exhausted and cold
even though i can't handle classes that go for 2 hours without a pause

i freakin LOVE this country
05 August 2007 @ 02:09 am
Don't discount something someone else wants to do just because it's not something you yourself would want to do. Mkay?

So ready to peace out and become a fake European for a couple of months.

Anyone who actually wants to see me before I leave lemme know and we'll make plans! Even just a coffee date would be swell.
20 July 2007 @ 07:23 am
To the person who may have ruined Harry Potter for me:

I hate you.
03 July 2007 @ 07:27 pm
Today we have contraptions likes nuclear submarines armed with Poseidon missiles that have H-bombs in their warheads. And we have contraptions like computers that cheat you out of becoming. Bill Gates says, "Wait till you can see what your computer can become." But it's you who should be doing the becoming, not the damn fool computer. What you can become is the miracle you were born to be through the work that you do.