Food on the mind, in our bodies, and in production

As food is generally on our minds each day and a regular pastime, I’m sharing some interesting pieces I’ve come across:  an infographic on our food consumption and production patterns and what needs fixing; a video on how much fast food is consumed every second; and an overview of 19 “foods” that aren’t food but processed concoctions.

1.  Check out this infographic produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists and circulated recently by the Upworthy online site which includes info the difference between what Americans usually eat vs. what is actually recommended.  Plus how much local food investment support is needed to grow more fruits and veggies vs. current allocations and support for corn and soybean subsidies.

2.   Also, here’s a video (with a rather energetic beat) showcasing how much fast food is sold each second (in the U.S.):

3.   And to top it all off, here’s a slideshow recently shared by Huffington Post presenting various foods or products that aren’t really food but processed and artificial substances: 19 Foods That Aren’t Food.

Food for thought?  Bon appetit?

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More food for thought…

Here’s an article from Mother Earth News to help us continue to think about the destructive aspects of the industrial system as a source of our food and produce and to act on supporting better food security at home and globally.

The piece encourages folks to disconnect from mass agricultural and food production practices and grow food in our own plots.

If we can’t grow our own food for some reason, alternatively we can support local farmers’ markets, food security groups and networks.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/grow-your-own-food-zm0z12aszmat.aspx

Also…there’s something about looking at colourful fruit, vegetables and local harvest that does encourage one to focus on healthiness, nutrition, and sustainable growers.

L.A. restaurant gives discount to ditch the phone

The Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a 5% discount to patrons who check their phones/electronic devices at the door before being seated and dining.

Nowadays, it’s definitely a common sight to see various people regularly turning to their phones and devices to check messages, text others, or post comments or status updates…all while dining with other people.  Often practically everyone around the table (or at multiple tables) is turning their attention and focus on their phones.

Should we just get used to the ubiquitous nature of technology in our daily lives–including when we’re socializing and dining with company?  Do phones and devices at the dinner table distract, disrupt and disconnect us from the meal and dining company?

Read the article about this restaurant at Mashable: http://mashable.com/2012/08/19/discount-restaurant-no-phone/

 

(Fast) Food for Thought

Interested in recommendations from fast food industry workers (of Reddit) on what menu items to avoid…or to consume with caution?  Are we too quick to grab our fast food without thinking about how it’s stored, prepared, processed, handled, and served?

Check out the info via this link:

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/w2sv3/fast_food_workers_of_reddit_what_is_the_one_menu/?limit=500

Here’s another article about fast food; ironically, fast food chains provide not-so-healthy dining in hospital cafeterias:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/04/05/150091951/fast-food-chains-in-cafeterias-put-hospitals-in-a-bind?sc=fb&cc=fp

I remember reading how Statistics Canada indicated that obesity rates are up for all ages (and particularly for teens aged 12 to 17) and yet during a visit to my local medical clinic, I would notice how abundant junk food snacks and fat, sugary, salt-laden processed food were via the vending machines.  This was several years ago; I should check if anything has changed lately.

Instead of supporting and promoting our culture of convenience, we need to stop and think about what we are doing.  In the long run, wouldn’t it be better if our choices and funds went toward building healthier bodies and lives rather than for saving time and boosting profit-driven enterprise?

How would you like your pizza?

 

What will we think of next?  A vending machine has been created that takes 2.5 minutes to  mix and knead pizza dough, squirt some tomato sauce on it, cover it with cheese and other toppings, and then heats it in an infrared oven.

This is ordering and getting pizza fast the robotic way with no contact with a human being!

Check out this link and video: Pizza-Making Vending Machine

Or how about one-touch pizza ordering via a fridge magnet?
This VIP Fridge Magnet (a pizza box-shaped magnet) is connected to a pizza place (only in Dubai at this point).  It’s preset to order a pizza online and is connected to the Internet via the Bluetooth connection on a smartphone.

Here’s a whacky video about how it works:

What do you think of these developments?  Is innovation for such conveniences a good thing?

Or maybe you’re starting to get hungry…