Bienvenidos- 1st Blogger Task

Hello All!

To kick off our blog, we want all of you to dive right in.  Please post a short story that connects you to some facet of the course content.  Feel free to be reflective, and explain why this may have led you to the course.  Maybe try introducing something about yourself in relation to the class.  Be creative!  Whatever you decide to post, try to dig up an image to go with it, of yourself or the story.

Looking forward to all of these,

Aliza & Grace

PS we will be posting ours soon.

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2 thoughts on “Bienvenidos- 1st Blogger Task

  1. Shirley Yarin Response
    When I first came to the United States, I was surprised by how big the grocery stores were; mega aisles stocked with every brand and food type available: kiwis serves all year round, bananas imported from Cuba and Costa Rica, and thirty types of brownie mix to choose from. And yet, all the familiar items from back home in Israel, like salty green olives, za’atar, and normal size cucumbers were all missing. Not to mention, one tomato costs a dollar and still tastes a bit like cardboard. So what had gone in the land of opportunities, where you could find everything except the fresh, nutritious produce and Middle Eastern flavors I had grown to love?

    Today, America is the largest consumer of genetically modified vegetables, especially corn and soybeans. Monsanto, DuPont, and Dow, the largest producers of GM seeds, lobbied strongly against Proposition 37, which required labeling of GM products but was ultimately defeated on the 2012 ballet. On the other side of the aisle were big organic food corporations, like Clif Bar. The debate over GM products raises serious questions about consumers’ expectations for both a bountiful, year-round supply of vegetables and agendas and the possible health hazards associated with GM produced food. If label were introduced how would consumer patterns? And why are companies, previously thought of as organic, against labeling? Could the demand for labeling drive food prices up? And how do the hidden agendas, of GM engineered seeds, play into our policies?

    I don’t have a clear-cut answer to all these questions, but one thing does remain clear: since their introduction in the 1960’s, GM’ food products have been played an increasingly big part in the American food culture. Beyond the potential adverse health effects, it is clear that our foods, synthetically processed and preserved, do not have the full taste and nutrients of garden vegetables.

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