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I could become a foodie.  And by that I mean I could become someone who spends the majority of the their time talking about food and eating food.  I would not become a pretentious asshole like those found on food channels.  I don’t see why the two have to be associated.  Can’t someone be a food critic and still enjoy a big mac?  That is why I like Adam Richman so much.  You can tell he really knows a lot about food when he is talking about it on his show.  Of course the writers could just be feeding (LOL PUN) him lines but I choose not to believe that.  He never has anything negative to say about the food he is eating, instead he focuses on the positives.  Plus he also makes it clear that in order for food to be good all it has to do is taste good.  There are never any long elaborate descriptions of the origins of the food, the organic nature of the bread or how many Bolvians died picking the banana in his banana split.  No, it is just whether or not it is enjoyable to eat the food.  I hate it when people go “oh, eating challenge, what a fat ass.  Gluttony of America, over indulgence, blah blah blah.”  There are so many worse things about American culture than eating challenges that don’t get nearly as much harassment.  Reality T.V, Donald Trump, Republicans, Call of Duty, ostrich farming, I could go on all day.  And for anyone out there who thinks they could do an eating challenge I say this.  You probably can’t.  I did one and completed it because I am a bad ass, I was the first person to ever complete it.  Some truck driver did it right after me in half the time, but I was still the first.  It was the most difficult thing I have ever done.  Your body just wants to vomit and after awhile your throat refuses to aid you in swallowing.  It becomes less about the food and more about the challenge, seeing how far you can push your body.  True it does represent the gluttony of America and all that.  But who cares, I got a free t-shirt.

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I love Tuna.  I don’t claim to be a cat but I respect their love of tuna.  You know what I hate about tuna (aside from mercury poisoning)?  Whenever I order tuna at a food place (I can’t remember what those are called) I never know if I am going to get tuna or I am going to get mayonnaise covered bits of tuna.  Why the hell do you have to ruin a perfectly HEALTHY food by covering it in someone unknown (seriously I don’t know what mayo is) sauce and serving chips with it?  This article was mainly talking about tuna melts, which I don;t get because I don’t believe in warm tuna when it is not in steak form.  Ok aside from that rant about tuna the main point of this article was how chain restaurants are now forced to list the calories of the food items they sell.  I don’t think this ever fully got implemented but I have started noticing places like olive garden and burger joints at least showing a graph when you walk in of how many calories each item has.  Whenever I am on a diet I appreciate this information.  The majority of my life however, I am not on a diet and these graphs just make me feel bad while I chow down on my baconator (two baconator references in 1 week).  I guess what I am saying is that it is a nice gesture to have the info listed but if someone really wants to go to a fast food place they are going to do so because they want greasy sloppy oddly tasty food, they are not very calorie conscious.  Of course when you talk about other chain restaurants that people go to and sit down to eat then having the calories listed could be beneficial.  Who knows, if enough people star ordering low calorie meals and the high calories meals stop selling, restaurants will have no choice but to react and lower the calories of all their items.

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Organic farming is just as shitty as normal farming. I have been drinking organic chocolate milk the past few weeks because it was on sale at target. I thought it tasted better but now I am of the opinion that it just tastes thinner. Does this mean that the cows were not fed hormones? Why is it even organic? For some reason I associate the word organic with anti establishment. Not necessarily hippies living on a hill and raising cattle, but just small rural farms that care about the environment and choose not to use an insane amount of pesticides in their farming. It doesn’t surprise me that this view is wrong and that huge corporations make organic things not a hundred feet away from inorganic things, but it just makes me sad how something that seemingly started as a revolt against the industrialization of the food system as just become another way for companies to make money. Why should I even bother buying organic beef or organic chocolate milk if I’m not supporting the little guy? Don’t give me that nonsense about being poisoned by pesticides and the hormones in cattle feed is ruining my immune system. I don’t really care about that. None of it is really that dangerous. I’m sorry that girl got sick eating a hamburger but her experience is not going to make me swear off Wendys. Maybe finding a finger in my chili would, but even then I would probably just spend all my money from the lawsuit on baconators.

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This little blog entry feeds me knowledge contrary to everything I have ever known about everything.  That is not true, but it does throw my notions of the family dinner into disarray.  Am I wrong in saying that the news and other media outlets have stated that Americans do not cook dinners anymore?  I could have sworn that the average American eats fast food 4-5 times a week and this was one of the leading causes of obesity in the nation.  It is possible that the survey is biased toward low and middle income families (and by bias I mean that is who they polled) and so this data does not include the poor, who I assume are the ones who eat the most fast food.  But wait, according to the Washington post it is middle income families who eat the most fast food.  These two studies contradict about the frequency of the middle class eating out.  What conclusions can we draw from this?  I can’t blame the sample size in the first survey because 1500 is supposed to be enough people to represent any population, but so was the other survey.  The only thing I can assume is that the first survey was conducted by an organization whose goal it is to get families to cook more.  I am not blatantly saying that their data is false, but maybe they surveyed a very specific type of person.  To conclude I would like to say that I thought poor people at the most fast food, but it does make sense that middle income families do as they have more cash to burn.  Even eating at McDonalds isn;t all that cheap, you can find much better deals at Walmart or your local supermarket.

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I forgot to do this last week so I am going to try to not be a dumb ass and get it out of the way early from now on.  Don’t hold me to that though.

After reading about the tomato slavery rings in Florida I made an effort to stop eating out of season tomatoes.  Despite my apathy towards animals, I can assure you I am not totally heartless.  Of course it is all a matter of perspective.  I would kill a 1,000 cows myself if it saved one human.  I don’t think it works like that however.  Anyhoot during my boycott of tomatoes I became aware how pervasive the spongy little fruit/vegetable really is.  Not even in some sneaky way where there is tomato extract in my vitamin water, but just in the normal stuff I eat on campus.  I believe my boycott lasted a solid 5 hours before I was eating a tomato again, noticing only after I decided to pull it off of my ham and cheese baguette because it tasted gross.  What is the point I am trying to make?  It is either that I am a very forgetful person or it is that my disgust towards slavery ended when I stopped reading the article and my determined stance toward a tomato free life ended when I forgot to ask for a sandwich without them.  Something tells me I am not the only person this happens to.  I can only wonder how many people swore off meat when they saw the footage in class two Fridays ago and how many of those same people found themselves forgetting that chicken parmigiana has meat in it.  Did they feel a sense of self hatred?  Or did the realization dawn on them how easily the human mind separates the carnage of a slaughterhouse from the over cooked burger they serve at the caf?  Even while eating a cherry tomato the other day my mind was on the illegal immigrants who likely picked it during one of their 14 hour shifts and then were fed a small portion of corn and rice before being herded back to a room that, in all likliehood, smells of piss to sleep the stress off of another grueling day, and I found myself asking if my not eating it would make any difference.  Of course the answer is no, it would not have made a difference in the least.  But what does that matter?  By eating that tomato I am essentially giving my seal of approval to inhuman treatment of the dispossessed.  Am I Mitt Romney?

I’m not sure what I am trying to say anymore.  One girl mentioned that if everyone had to butcher their own meat to eat it then more people would be vegetarian.  I think it would have the opposite effect.  What did people do for thousands of years before the food industry started killing pigs behind closes doors?  They hunted and killed their own meat.  We would become desensitized to it and  take it for granted as another part of life.  Would the same thing happen if I had to watch people pick my tomatoes?  In this day and age I hope not, but with time the human can adapt to anything.  How else did slavery exist in every major culture for millenia?  I love when people say that if they were born in the south during slave times they would be abolitionists and help the slaves escape.  Ride the train of the underground railroad straight to Toronto.  Choo choo! What lovely 21st century ideas of freedom you have.  I’m sure you would still have those if you were raised in a society of hate and racial superiority, I’m sure your innate good nature would win through hundreds of years of socialization to make sure thoughts like yours don’t win through.  I am off topic but I guess the point I am making is that values and morals are taught, you are not born with them.  I don’t really even like tomatoes.

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I loved getting toys from fast food places when I was a kid.  I would sometimes solely choose (well what little choice I had) to go to a place just for the toy.  Do you know why I did this?  It is because toys are fun and getting toys with my food was even better.  Sadly when I grew up I was unable to disassociate the feeling of joy I got from toys and going to McDonalds.  This resulted in me eating ten big macs a day and weighing nearly 400 pounds by the time I went to college.  No, no wait that didn’t happen.   I remember now.  As I got older I learned that fast food was not the best thing to put in my body and so stopped eating as much.

I don’t know what people are complaining about what Burger King gives out a crown or McDonalds has a toy in their happy meal.  Are people worried that this direct advertisement to their children with somehow brain wash their poor underdeveloped mind into becoming fast food zombies?  How many children do you know who have full time jobs and are able to go to McDonalds and pay with their own money?  If parents are worried that McDonalds is making their fatty food too appetizing to their children and they don’t want their children to eat it-DON’T BUY THEM MCDONALDS!  If you are making the conscious decision to bring your kid to a fast food joint and force feed them salty french fries and acidic soda then you have no right to claim that toys are enticing children to want to eat there.  The problem is not that the meals come with toys, the problem is that the food is awful for you in the first place.  And instead of whining about your kids getting fat cause they want to eat a cheeseburger, just stop going to McDonalds and giving them this food.  If I know anything about children it is this-they are fucking useless.  You stop giving them McDonalds and they will complain about it forever.  But they most likely will not walk to Wendys and get food by themselves.

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The other day the good people at Dairy Queen decided to show their customers some appreciation by selling everything for half price.  You heard me correct, things that would normally cost two dollars now only cost 1.  I wanted to be apart of this historic event so I had my girlfriend drive me and wait in the car while I feasted upon half price burgers, half price french fries and half priced blizzards.  But while I was eating I had to wonder if DQ was losing money today or if they were still turning a profit no matter how small.  A normal bacon cheeseburger has two slices of cheese, one patty, one bun, onion, lettuce, tomato and two slices of bacon and sells for $3.50.  What is the profit margin on one of these burgers?  I can’t imagine it is very high quality beef because they cooked it in less than two minutes and I doubt the bacon is from fairly treated pigs because it was hard and strigny (delicious).  I know the book talked about the invention of HFCS making soda incredibly cheap to sell and make money off of, but what about these burgers?  How much is DQ paying after you factor in the cost of the product plus the wagely hour of the employee making it plus the minumum they have to sell to pay for things like gas and electric bills.  Would I still eat at fast food places if it were to cost twice as much?  Probably.  Anyhoot that was my observation of the week.  Also I checked to see if my mustard had HFCS in it, it did not.

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