A Different Kind of Advertising

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Brown rice bread sandwiches. Frozen grape desserts. Those were some of the foods that you might see if you peered into my lunch box and that of my brother. Though our “nutritious lunches” may have been deemed ” strange looking,” we were lucky to have grown up with an understanding of healthy eating at such a young age, especially since the media liked to deter us from healthy choices.

Last week, my brother appeared on the Rachel Ray show as a finalist for the Uncle Ben’s Rice competition. The competition aimed to …read more

Detroit: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

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Detroit’s economic woes, including the city’s recent filing for bankruptcy, have been well covered by mainstream media outlets. What has been less talked about are the ways in which Detroit’s citizens have come together to make something good out of a bad situation. They are taking Detroit’s numerous vacant lots and turning them into thriving urban farms.

The sprawling metropolis of Detroit, covering over 139 square miles, contains around 150,000 vacant lots, an area roughly the size of Manhattan. But, instead of letting these areas lie empty and decaying, Detroit residents have come …read more

Congressional Hunger Games

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It would seem that many of our politicians are playing hunger games with the most vulnerable in our nation. Living on $4.50 per day to feed yourself is difficult, especially if you are doing it for longer than a week and it is not the only poverty issue you face. Yet, Senate Democrats voted to cut $4.1 billion from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or about $90 a month in benefits for 500,000 households. At the same time, House Republicans voted to keep farm subsidies, which mostly benefit wealthy individuals and corporations.

Any illusion that …read more