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Sublime Donuts

Good call on the donuts Professor Klein.

 

Super Annotated Bibliography

My topic is Genetically Modified Foods, so all of these articles and websites are about this. I’m not going to lie, the content is pretty cool stuff.

“20 Questions on Genetically Modified Foods.” WHO. World Health Organization. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en/>.

The World Health Organization’s article is more like a FAQ  for genetically modified foods, but covers a lot of material that other articles don’t cover. This not only includes production, benefits and controversies, but also regulation, trading, risk assessment, development, and economy.

Black, Jane. “As NATURE Made Them.” Prevention 64.4 (2012): 82-89. Health Source – Consumer Edition. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.

The article deals with the creation of genetically modified food (GMF) in our country’s supermarkets. Examples of GMFs in the U.S. are soybean, corn and tomatoes. The FDA plans to approve the genetic modification of salmon. Information on the controversy surrounding the GM food safety issue is provided. The Center for Food Safety says there is a need for the government and companies producing GMFs to show that it is safe.

Borrell, Brendan. “Food Fight.” Scientific American 304.4 (2011): 80-83. Health Source – Consumer Edition. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.

This article was basically an interview with director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy. Beachy, an advocate of genetically modified crops, discussed his experience of being part of the creation of the first genetically modified tomatoes. He talked about whether he was surprised at the effectiveness of the virus-resistant gene in the tomato, and his thoughts on the U.S. agricultural industry’s reliance on genetically modified crops.

Edward. “Genetically Modified Foods.” Global Healing Center Health Products & Information. Global Healing Center. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/nutrition/genetically-modified-foods>.

This article is primarily against genetically modified foods. It gives multiple reasons why genetically modified foods are bad and why they are still being used. More importantly it also gives ways to avoid the toxins from genetically modified foods.

“Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory. U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, 5 Nov. 2008. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml>.

This article is from a government site related to the Department of Energy. That said it discusses what genetically modified foods are and the benefits and controversies over it.

“Genetically Modified Foods.” Home. Deakin University Australia, May 2010. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Genetically_modified_foods_techniques>.

This article basically summarizes how foods are genetically modified. Genetically modified foods are created using biotechnology to change their genetic material. Different techniques are used to insert or deactivate genes in foods. Techniques include benign bacterial or viral infection (bacterial carriers), gene splicing, gene silencing, calcium phosphate precipitation and electroporation.

KAUFMAN, FREDERICK. “The Second Green Revolution.. (Cover Story).” Popular Science 278.2 (2011): 62-88. Health Source – Consumer Edition. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.

This article discusses population growth and research on genetic engineering and organic farming to ensuring sustainable food production. The research of plant pathologist Pamela Ronald and her husband and organic farmer Raoul Adamchak is discussed. The article addresses controversy of the usage of genetically modified foods.

“The Very Real Danger of Genetically Modified Foods.” The Atlantic. 9 Jan. 2012. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/01/the-very-real-danger-of-genetically-modified-foods/251051/>.

This article basically talks about a Chinese study that shows that genetically modified foods are more harmful than we originally thought they are to the human body. GMFs not only give you extra vitamins and last longer, but also regulate genes in your body. Micro RNAs (miRNAs) have been found in GMFs and survive through the digestive system. This is bad because miRNAs are known to promote cancers, diabetes, and Alzheimers.

SMITH, MELISSA DIANE. “SAY NO TO Gmos.” Better Nutrition 73.3 (2011): 46-50. Health Source – Consumer Edition. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.

The article discusses genetically modified organisms (pretty much the same thing as genetically modified foods), why people should not eat them, and how to avoid foods that are them. This article says how GMOs are created, which involves the insertion of genes from other organisms, such as bacteria, and then into plants and animal. The use of GMOs by farmers, such as soy and corn growers, and the health risks of GMOs, such as infertility, are also discussed.

Whitman, Deborah B. “Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?” CSA. CSA, Apr. 2000. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. <http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php>.

This article talks about what genetically modified foods are and the pros and cons of them. It also discusses the different groups and organizations that support it and those that are against it. In addition, the regulation of GMFs are also discussed.

Super Research Proposal

I am interested in writing my research paper on genetically modified foods (a.k.a. genetically modified organisms). GMOs (in this case specifically food) are animals   and plants whose genetic make up is altered by a special set of technologies. They are altered for several reasons such as nutritional content and disease resistant. In today’s day of age GMOs are everywhere, but do you know which foods are GMOs?

I not only want to include the pros and cons of GMOs, but also the history of them. I also want to include ethical concerns over GMOs. Should GMOs be labeled? Does altering different genes make it a different food as a whole? How are GMOs regulated by the government? Which countries are they prevalent in? Basically I want to go in an in depth analysis of GMOs to see what they are all about (more than the benefits and costs). At the end of the paper, I want to see fi it is worth having GMOs. I also want to see if there needs to be any changes in the way they are regulated and sold.

Super Research Paper Brainstorm

A topic that I am very interested in would be the pros and cons of organic foods. Is organic food truly better for you? I feel that we have discussed this topic greatly in class, but there are so many biased views (on each side of the argument) that it would be nice to create an unbiased report on organic foods. In my paper I would look at the differences between organic foods and non organic foods. I would also look at the process of how organic foods are grown.

Another topic that is similar would be genetically modified foods. Many foods these days are genetically modified to last longer and give more to the consumers. What are the effects of this? Are there any effects? How is the environment effected? I feel like these topics are worthwhile for a research paper.

Fourth Online Assignment: Coca-Cola

When I think of soda, I think of Coca-Cola. I imagine the white curvy font of the Coca-Cola letters laid on the bright red background. The curves of the letters keep the image of the logo embedded in my mind. My mind then jumps to images and sounds of red soda cans being opened. The sound reminds me of the refreshing feeling of a Coca-Cola down my throat. All of a sudden I want to drink some Coca-Cola. This is when I realize that I don’t even like soda, and that the idea of Coca-Cola has conditioned me to think of a refreshing drink.

This logo just screams refreshing to me. The ice in the picture makes Coca-Cola seem that it's involved with being "chill." The real question is does this have swag?

In every advertisement, Coca-Cola tries to get a few points around. The ones I have noticed would be that Coca-Cola is supposed to be refreshing, relaxing (“chill”), classic (in the sense of being original and around for a long time), traditional, and diverse (kind of contradictory to traditional but they do it any way). Each advertisement seems to target a certain aspect Coca-Cola that society thinks is important. Coca-Cola aims to be a refreshing drink that is drank in a relaxing manner by emphasizing the sounds of cans and bottles opening and showing images and clips of people relaxing with a Coca-Cola in their hands. Some advertisements aim to exemplify that Coca-Cola has is a traditional American drink because it has been here for so long by asserting through logos and advertisements its age. At the same there are other Coca-Cola advertisements that show that it is drank all over the world. Through their advertisements, Coca-Cola aims to have an image. This image varies from being cool to traditional or even diverse. It’s very interesting to see this in action, especially in a city that is run by Coca-Cola!

Polar bears look so cute and cuddly in this picture, but in reality they are dangerous. I hope Coca-Cola knows this!

Turmeric Potato Fry

This recipe is a very simple recipe that my mom showed me when I was in first grade. At the time, my family just came to America and did not have much money or knowledge of this country. This potato fry was a simple dish that was easy to make and used very little ingredients. As a family, we used to have this dish served with plain rice several times a week. It was not only an affordable dish, but also a tasty and easy to prepare dish. Every time I have this meal, I remember what it was like when I first came to this country. Even though we did not have much money and were in a new place, my family still made the best of it and we were all happy. Those were surprisingly the good days! Anyway here’s how you make it.

The ingredients that are needed for this recipe are potatoes, vegetable oil, salt, yellow turmeric powder, and chili powder. This dish is a very informal, so many of the items and steps are not as mechanical as those steps seen in a cookbook. This means that many of the measurements are eyeballed. That in mind, the first step of the recipe is to wash the potatoes. After the potatoes have been thoroughly cleaned, cut them into small squares. These squares must be small and thin, but not too thin or it might become too crispy/burnt. Take about a little less than a teaspoon of oil and spread it on the pan. Let the pan heat up on high. Once the pan is heated up, add the sliced up potatoes. Also add a pinch of salt, some turmeric powder, and cayenne chili powder. Then mix the potatoes. This is when the measurements need to be eyeballed. The way I do it is to add enough turmeric to make sure all the sliced potatoes are a nice shade of yellow (not dark yellow) when mixed properly. The amount of chili powder added is up to how spicy the people eating this dish want it to be. I personally just add a pinch or two of chili powder because I like this dish somewhat mild (it’s not aimed to be spicy). Once the salt, turmeric, and chili powder are mixed, cover the pan for a few minutes (this is to allow the potatoes to be cooked properly). After you remove the cover, stir the potatoes until they are crisp and golden brown. This dish is now ready to be served, and is best mixed with plain rice. The turmeric powder gives a great taste to the potatoes, while the chili powder adds a little spice to it. I personally enjoy the dish and hope you all will too.

Sanat’s Swag

Hi everybody, my name is Sanat Moningi and I’m a Computer Science major. I’m also from Charleston, West Virginia. I have a variety of favorite foods that have influenced me greatly. As a person of Indian origin, I tend to eat large amounts of Indian food for my meals. Other than Indian food, I like pulled pork sandwiches, sushi, and a variety of cheeses. In high school, I used to stop by a diner after school to grab a pulled pork sandwich before going home. Good times.