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.

Apple Sliced Sold In McDonald’s, Burger King, Wawa, and Wegman’s Recalled Over Listeria Contamination Risk

Apple Sliced Sold In McDonald's, Burger King, Wawa, and Wegman's Recalled Over Listeria Contamination RiskSliced apples distributed to fast-food and grocery chains across the country are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.  There have been no reported illnesses, however Listeria was discovered on processing equipment used by Missa Bay LLC, a division of Ready Pac Foods of New Jersey.

Among the items recalled were apple slices distributed to McDonald’s and Burger King in some states packaged fruit, veggies, salads and sandwiches containing apples distributed to Wawa convenience store and Wegman’s grocery chains, and various apple and fruit snacks with “Ready Pac” labels or “Safeway Farms” labels.  Items recalled have use-by dates of July 8 through Aug. 20.  Any items within the effected date should be discarded.

Symptoms in people besides pregnant women can include fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.  Listeria is especially harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to miscarriages.

Infographic Of The Day – Americans Are Fat

Here’s a surprise.  Americans eat too much.  Giant portions, giant sodas, and giant asses.  This new infographic tries to put all that in perspective.  Comparing U.S. serving sizes from today with those of 20 years ago is fairly revealing.  Portions have at least doubled since 1992, sometimes expanding by 400%.  That’s a lot of expansion.  The chart also compares portions between the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Where you aware that people gain weight just by moving here?  Makes sense.  The study mentions a group of Tarahumara Indians (the guys who run bare foot for hundreds of miles) who gained nearly 10 pounds in five weeks after adopting the American diet.

Give the whole infographic a gander – as usual click on the picture for a larger image: Continue reading

‘Grapes Of Wrath’ Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

'Grapes Of Wrath' Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

Another goofy lawsuit for sure, but one that comes to us from across the pond.  Onkar Singh Gill, who owns a London produce shop called The Stall, was ordered to pay a sum of about £112,000 (that’s about $175,000 to you and me) when one of his customers, Samira Hassan, slipped on a few grapes and broke both her wrists.

Hassan was wearing what she terms “sensible shoes” on the day in question.  She stopped by The Stall to have a look at some produce.  She stepped on some “mushy” grapes left on the pavement, fell forward, and shattered her wrists.  Ouch.

'Grapes Of Wrath' Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

Onkar Singh Gill – Outside Royal Courts Of Justice – Via The Daily Mail

According to The Mirror, Hassan won the case last September, but there was the usual appeal.  The shop owner claimed he took all the precautions he could, going so far as sweeping the ground up to five times a day.  The chief judge was having none of it.

The initial fall took place in 2005.  That’s seven years of legal wrangling that’s been dubbed “The Grapes of Wrath.”  Gill’s defense was mainly that Hassan’s fall a “freak accident,” saying that there wasn’t much else he could have done about it.  Clearly that defense didn’t find merit.Mr. Gill’s son, Sandeep, said that the business was insured for accidents but because of a legal loophole they would almost certainly be liable for the full amount.

‘Sometimes you do wonder whose side the law is actually on.’

Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban – Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco Jumps Aboard Gestation Ban - Pledges To Stop Using Gestation Crates For Pork Products

Sysco is one of the world’s largest food distributors.  Happily they’ve decided to join the other restaurants and organizations that have pledged to stop using pork from distributors who use gestation crates.

The Humane Society has applauded the move in a and included a statement from Sysco in their own:

Sysco takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen in the food supply chain seriously. We use science-based standards for animal welfare and work diligently with our suppliers to ensure humane treatment of animals. We also listen closely to our customers desires. Although there are many ways to house sows, several customers and suppliers have expressed their desire to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains.

While no timeline has been established, Sysco has promised it would work with its suppliers to end the use of gestation crates.  Sysco has joined the ranks of the likes of McDonalds, Burger King, Safeway, and Hormel in disavowing the use of the crates.  Sysco earned $40 billion in sales last year and has 400,000 customers worldwide.

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.