Meating Expectations:  Challenges of Meat Production and a Growing Population

Meating Expectations: Challenges of Meat Production and a Growing Population

As the human population grows, the task of producing enough food for everyone becomes increasingly difficult; by 2050 we will need to produce enough food for 2 million more people. To meet current food demands, an industrialized agricultural system has…

Old Habits Out and New Habits In:  The New Way to Waste Food

Old Habits Out and New Habits In: The New Way to Waste Food

Throughout my life I have had my fair share of wasteful habits. I have thrown food out because I thought it looked funky, to simply being too full and not wanting to eat another bite. In the moment, I…

Precision Agriculture:  Feeding the Future

Precision Agriculture: Feeding the Future

Agriculture has faced its fair share of adversity. In the 1930’s and 40’s, it was the dust bowl. The 1980’s Farm Crisis was a byproduct of overproduction, poor investments, and bad decisions made during the boom years of the late…

Insects: It’s what’s for Dinner?

Insects: It’s what’s for Dinner?

Christine Carson is a senior in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Soil Resource Management at the University of Missouri. Upon graduation in May of 2015, she plans to attend Kansas State University, where she will study soil microbiology in…

Eating Otherness: The Unifying Qualities of Chocolate  in Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat

Eating Otherness: The Unifying Qualities of Chocolate in Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat

Paige Lockard​ is originally from Kansas City and attended Lee’s Summit North High School. Now, she is majoring in both English literature and psychology, as well as studying French and business for minor degrees. Next year, she will be…

Leather Yoghurt: Suspicion of Exotic Food and the Chinese Government’s Crisis of Faith

Leather Yoghurt: Suspicion of Exotic Food and the Chinese Government’s Crisis of Faith

Yoghurt is a popular exotic food in China, especially among young Chinese girls who want to lose weight because they think yoghurt is healthy and contains relatively low calories.

Effects of McDonalds on Younger Chinese Generation’s Lives

Effects of McDonalds on Younger Chinese Generation’s Lives

In 1990, when McDonalds was first introduced to China, fast food restaurants from western countries were not widely accepted in China. In fact, many Chinese had never heard about the typical menu such as French fries and hamburgers that were offered in fast food restaurants.

Who Will Build the Better Ape?

We are trapped within what I call the Better Ape Fallacy Loop, in which like Frankowski's theoretical gorillas we continually enhance the traits that we consider to be most beneficial to our survival while ignoring the historical and scientific precedent stating that we simply do not know what will drive our further evolution.