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Ecuador Quake Survivors Becoming Desperate for Food and Water – Manuela Mejia

This article is from NBC News. It includes a short video which I believe causes the most impact on the viewer. As most of you may know, there was an earthquake on April 16 in Ecuador (7.8-magnitude), a small country in South America. Being half Ecuadorian, this has impacted me in several ways, mainly because of the love that I have towards my country.

The source discusses the shortage of food in the nation, and how the government is struggling to distribute it well. Even though the lack of nutrients may not necessarily have to do a lot with the chemistry of food, I believe it’s important to appreciate the things we have and not take for granted the food we are given.

You can learn more about Ecuador’s ongoing chaos here:


My question for the class is: What to do you guys think about wasting food? Should the United States (and the world in general) create a program in which food is distributed well? While some people have an abundance of food, others are left unfed.



Crock Pots

As a busy student, and soon to be young professional, I am trying to find a fool proof way to cook meals for myself that will not break the bank, but can also be done in minimal time. I have been looking into crock pots lately in order to do the job. With all of our discussions of high heat I have been wondering if crockpots would eliminate some of the nutrients in the food. Involving the amino acid lysine, research shows that 20% of it is cooked out of peanuts within a half hour and after 21/2 hours 40% is cooked out. Another thing I found was that although nutrients may be cooked out of the food, it remains in the surrounding liquid as the crock pot is a covered pot.

Discussion question: Have you ever used a crock pot before, and would you recommend?


Agricultural Biotechnology

I found a very interesting article on aboutMoney. The article basically give readers 10  examples of agricultural biotechnology. The one that I found mostly captivating is the nutrient supplementation. In fact, scientists are creating genetically altered foods that contain nutrients known to help fight disease or malnourishment.

You can read more about it here : http://biotech.about.com/od/whatisbiotechnology/tp/Agriculture.htm

Question : What are your opinions on nutrient supplementation ?