Carbon Footprints of Food: A Guide to More Sustainable Food Choices?

by |September 7th, 2018

by Sarah Foster, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course Along with the rise of food labels and certifications such as USDA Organic and Free Range has come a push for reporting the carbon emissions of food on packages. The idea is that in announcing the footprint of each food item, consumers will make more… read more

The Multi-sided Coin of Mandating Sustainable Food Choices in Schools

by |September 4th, 2018

by Max Rose Zimberg, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course It is widely recognized that food production and consumption has a profound impact on the environment and other socio-cultural and economic domains. Agriculture accounts for about one third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—more than all modes of transportation combined, having increased 14% since 2001… read more

Almond Orchards in California: Healthy or Hazardous?

by |August 29th, 2018

by John Richardson, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course During the 2011-2017 California drought, lots of media attention was focused on one of the largest consumer of water in the state: almonds. Fueled by a boom in health-minded consumers and a climate well-suited for almond trees, almonds have quickly risen to become one of the… read more

The Mystery of Soy

by |August 27th, 2018

by Grace Hwang, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, nor a suggestion to modify a person’s diet in any way. As a Korean-American, soy has been an integral part of my diet for as long as I can remember.  Tofu, fermented-soy bean paste, pickled soybeans, and other soy products… read more

Some explosives in your salad?

by |August 24th, 2018

by Lila Rimalovski, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course   There are two tales in modern global history that are more similar than you’d think: one is the story of wartime explosives, the other is the story of industrial agriculture. The point of intersection between these two boils down to a seemingly invisible yet… read more

$150 Groceries?! The Sneaky Science of Supermarkets

by |August 20th, 2018

by Julia Cobb, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course Camembert called to me. I needed her. And Parmigiano Reggiano. And Cave-Aged Gruyère. And Red Wax Gouda. Or so I explained to my boyfriend as I sampled yet another slice. “Just one more,” I promised. It wasn’t just one more. Soon I had sampled four different… read more

Return of the Natives

by |August 17th, 2018

by Elizabeth Bush, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course If you could go back in time, to what age and country would you wish to be transported?  There are so many choices, and mine change regularly.  But as I have been exploring the world of native plants in my garden, I can’t help but wish… read more

Veganism and Sustainability

by |August 16th, 2018

by Ava Jones, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course For many people, there has been a more recent and more focused attention put on where our food comes from and how it is impacting the strained environment we’re all living in right now. This should be seen as a good thing for the everyday consumer,… read more

Corn, Obesity, and Navigating Healthy Eating Choices as a Parent

by |August 7th, 2018

by Crystal Pereira, Student in SEE-U NYC: Agro-eco/Food Systems Course I asked my three-year-old, curly-headed son if he knew where corn came from. “Yes. The store,” he said tilting his head downward, keeping his eyes on mine. I chuckled a bit, reminding myself to stay in mom mode and that I was talking to a little… read more