Paul Quinn College Bans Pork From Cafeteria

Paul Quinn College Bans Pork From Cafeteria

It’s not easy eating well in college.  Late night study sessions.  Binge drinking.  Ramen.  Paul Quinn College, in Texas of all places, is trying to help out their students by banning pork from the school cafeteria, arguing that eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and obesity.

College president, Michael Sorrel, told The Dallas Observer that his students are especially susceptible to these sorts of health problems (Paul Quinn College is historically a black college.)

‘The reality is that our student population comes from demographic that struggles with the type of health concerns that you see in underresourced community.’

Creating a pork-free cafeteria is the latest move to ‘improve the lives and health of our students’, according to a statement from the college.

‘We know there are many negative health consequences of consuming pork (eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sodium retention and heart problems, not to mention weight gain and obesity)….

 

From this semester forward PQC will no longer serve dishes containing pork. That applause you hear in the background is the blood pressure of our students, faculty and staff.’

Pork, such as chops, bacon, and pork belly, are high in saturated fat and cholesterol.  Ham and lunch meat also carry their fair share of fat and calories, as well as nitrates and nitrites as preservative agents, both of which have been linked to cancer.

However, leaner cuts of pork, such as tenderloin, are less calorie dense than chicken and contain similar quantities of fat.

New Blu Mural in Spain Celebrates Vegetarianism (And Apparently Veggie Suicide?)

New Blu Mural in Spain Celebrates Vegetarianism (And Apparently Veggie Suicide?)

Blu is a street artist, muralist, and sketch artist who does work all over Europe and  beyond.  He recently created a mural in Ordes, Spain to advocate and celebrate vegetarianism.  It’s a change from his more political and thought-provoking work.  It depicts fruits and vegetables gathered around a whirring blender, tossing themselves inside while a crowd of very happy and like-minded produce cheers them on.

New Blu Mural in Spain Celebrates Vegetarianism (And Apparently Veggie Suicide?)

New Blu Mural in Spain Celebrates Vegetarianism (And Apparently Veggie Suicide?)

New Blu Mural in Spain Celebrates Vegetarianism (And Apparently Veggie Suicide?)

New Blu Mural in Spain Celebrates Vegetarianism (And Apparently Veggie Suicide?)

- via Colossal -

USDA Retracts Meatless Monday Recommendation

USDA Retracts Meatless Monday Recommendation

On Monday, July 23rd, the USDA released its monthly Greening Headquarters Update to employees (an internal document.)  In between updates on office sustainability initiatives, the newsletter encouraged readers to give Meatless Monday a try by sampling some of the options available in USDA cafeterias.  That didn’t last particularly long.

The newsletter referred to United Nations data that cites animal agriculture as a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change.  USDA spokeswoman Cortney Rowe now says the department does not endorse the “Meatless Monday” initiative, which is part of a global public health campaign.

The agency removed the posting hours after the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association denounced it in a news release. The USDA often promotes the beef industry by encouraging Americans to eat meat.

Canadian Couple’s Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

Canadian Couple's Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

Here’s another case of government gone horribly wrong.  A Canadian couple is fighting to keep a vegetable garden they grow on their property in Drummondville, a town about 60 miles northeast of Montreal.

Earlier this spring, Michel Beauchamp and his wife, Josée Landry, planted an elaborate (and quite pretty) vegetable garden on the front lawn of their home.  It replaced a flower garden.  Because they wanted to eat better, they planted a variety of veggies, ranging from tomatoes to brussels sprouts.  Eating food from their own garden has helped each lose weight, a combined total of 100 pounds.

Canadian Couple's Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

The government doesn’t care, however.  The deadline to remove the garden has already passed.  According to the local government, 30 per cent of the front lawn must be covered in grass.  The city has sent the couple two letters, ordering the couple to reduce the size of their vegetable garden.  After Sunday, they face fines of $100 to $300 per day.

They aren’t deterred.  “It must be a right to be able to grow our vegetables on our land. It is nonsense to ban it,” said Beauchamp.  A spokesperson for the city said neighbors have complained about the garden, although Beauchamp is challenging them to on that count.  He shares his home-grown produce with the neighborhood.  And it’s hardly unsightly.

“They love it. Everybody is surprised by the kind of taste we can have from fresh vegetables,” he said.

Beyond squashing this couples healthy eating, the city plans to make it illegal to grow vegetables on front lawns anywhere in the city during the fall.  The city held public consultations on the new rule and it said no one objected.

This is what you get when you allow a nanny state.  The couple are now petitioning for the council to relax its draconian rules.  In part the petition reads:

Front yard kitchen gardens are not the problem; they’re part of the solution to healthier and more sustainable communities. Thanks for helping us to defend them.

 

Head on over and sign the petition.

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Here’s something to brighten your day.  Dan Cretu is a cheeky food artist and he’s brought out some summer fare.  He’s sliced, peeled, and arranged various fruits and veggies to resemble everyday objects.  Nice to see it’s safe for our vegan fans as well, no bacon or meat to sully anyone’s day.  Check out a few more pics below.

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

Dan Cretu Brings You Food Sculptures That Look Like Everyday Objects

- via Laughing Squid -

 

This Is A Cucumber Killer Whale

This Is A Cucumber Killer WhaleBrock Davis likes to play with his food.  I like to imagine he watched Close Encounters of The Third Kind repeatedly and was inspired by the mashed potato mountain.  I’m sure that’s entirely untrue but it’s a nice thought.  He’s made some neat stuff from a variety of foods in the past.  Given the job of adding a cucumber to his family’s dinner salad he instead made this.  The Cucumber Killer Whale.  This is probably the best use of a cucumber I’ve ever seen.  Mainly because they’re horrible.

If you’d like to see more of Brock Davis’ work you can check it out here.