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Aquaponics best means to increase local food

Danielle Broida

December 6, 2012

Food justice has quickly become the latest environmental buzz. "Eat local" campaigns have spread across the nation, seen primarily in the rise in farmers' markets from 1,755 markets in 1994 to over 7,864 in 2012. However, local alone does not mean sustainable or good. Bon Appétit, marketed as "food services for a sustainable future," has noticed the ...

Apple picker shortage highlights tension in immigration debates

Julia Stone

October 4, 2012

The apple is the quintessential American fruit. A symbol in and of itself, it conjures up images of Johnny Appleseed, American pies, fall harvest fairs, a red schoolhouse and hardworking farmers. These images are real and pervasive: A quick Google image search of "apple" turns up pictures of cheerful...

White Bread: Aaron Bobrow-Strain talks food politics

White Bread: Aaron Bobrow-Strain talks food politics

Rachel Alexander

April 12, 2012

After five years of work, Associate Professor of Politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain has published a book entitled "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf." Published on March 6, 2012, the book has been selected as one of Amazon.com's "Best Books" for March 2012, and was featured on NPR. It's...

Food stamps perpetuate myth of consumer choice

Food stamps perpetuate myth of consumer choice

Julia Stone

February 23, 2012

Last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) led the way for a bill prohibiting welfare recipients from using government-issued debit cards to get cash through ATMs at strip clubs, casinos or liquor stores. This is just part of a long history of debate about the "modern welfare state" the United St...

Consuming control: Whitman students, professors talk politics of eating disorders

Consuming control: Whitman students, professors talk politics of eating disorders

Rachel Alexander

January 26, 2012

Last fall, junior Maggie Appleton took a medical leave of absence from Whitman to seek treatment for anorexia. Before leaving, she talked with friends about the disease and found that many of them had very little idea of the reasons people develop eating disorders. "It's like, 'Kate Moss caused this'...

Numbers in the news

Shelly Le

October 27, 2011

17 Percentage of children and adolescents aged two to 19 years-old in the United States who are obese. 17 million Number of children in the United States who live in households struggling to put food on the table. 40 million Number of people who received food stamps in the summer of 2...

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