Life's too short to eat bad food - Me

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic - Arthur C. Clarke

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"If you give a man a fish, he will have a single meal. If you teach him how to fish, he will eat all his life."

and if you teach a bunch of Journalism students about depleted stocks of food fish and the dangers of badly farmed fish, maybe they will think more about their food.

Last night I was invited by Andrew Galarneau of The Buffalo News and One Big Kitchen to speak to his class. The idea was to challenge the class with a thesis, defend it and answer questions. The class will then write an article based on the presentation. My actual thesis was that higher food prices might be a good thing. for our personal health and the health and environment of our Country. Yep - Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Morgan Spurlock and the like.

It was a hoot!


redman said...

what was the feedback from students? It's always interesting to hear what they think about issues related to food, etc. Sometimes it's scary how little they pay attention, other times they amaze you with insight.

Scotty said...

The feedback was quite good. I haven't had a chance to talk to Andrew about the "articles" they wrote based on my talk, but the give-and-take was great. I'd go so far as to say that this generation is paying closer attention to what the eat than previous ones.

I did have a "telling someone Santa doesn't exist" moment when I informed one young lady that "organic" may not mean what it's cracked up to be.

I have a blog post gestating on that point, a la Pollan.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke

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