Our current (group) assignment involves ‘food insecurity’ and sustainability. It is worth 10% … and yet I have read and read and read and I could indeed, just keep reading.
We are almost to the final draft, which I will then go and make pretty (as is my want) but it is safe to say that we have sliced and diced this thing to bits … all puns intended. In all honesty, instead of the 2,000 word essay, what I want to submit is something like the following:
Just stop buying crap would be a good start. Oh, and listen to our climate scientists.
On food security/insecurity, I would borrow heavily from Michael Pollan of The omnivore’s dilemma (and other books) fame:
‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants’.
but I would add:
Your food should grow or live as close to you as is practicable.
But of course this is far too simple for what is a really complex, multi-dimentional problem, but hey—I think it would be a damned good place to start 😀
As I have said, I have read so much stuff. For the purposes of a university paper, it has involved searching for and finding original research, and combining that with other papers, and segments from books. It is, after all, a piece of academic writing. I do struggle though to set limits as to what and how much I read, as the internet is both a blessing and a curse in the way you can find so much material. Mostly I am compelled to read it.
I cannot complain about my head being full—it is indeed a wonderful state.
What I have found to be truly inspiring is the material in TED Talks. I had known about TED Talks before I started studying, but I do turn to them, on the whole, for much more palatable information—most of the speakers are great entertainers as well as being very knowledgeable. A few gems I have watched recently on the topic of food and would recommend:
- Ellen Gustafson on Obesity + Hunger = 1 global food issue
- Mark Bittman on What’s wrong with what we eat
and just now, looking for, copying and placing these links I have found even more I think I need to watch (maybe today):
- Dean Ornish: The killer American diet that’s sweeping the planet
- Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal
- Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes
And just for fun, here is the graphic I made for our report—taken from some data (actually taken from two sources and melded). It shows the results of a survey of university students: the amount of food they consumed from each of the five food groups is shown as a percentage, while the number of recommended daily servings from this group, is the big number at the top.
At the ripe old age of 53, I discovered so much about food groups and serving sizes and serves per population segment. And yes it is, or can be complicated—overly so, as also evidenced by the myriad diets on the market. It makes me think that Michael Pollan actually nailed it!