Oxfam at Virginia Tech by jennyyingdi


 Project Zoranger – Goal: $7,000

 Kiva Team - $150 in microloans before end of the

 Supporting Hungry Hokies with Fast-a-Thon
                  Coming Up
   Wednesday, 11/11 - Hillcrest Hall, 7:30 p.m.

 Fast-a-Thon
   Tuesday, 11/17 – Dinner @ GLC, 5:30 p.m.
               How to help
  Bake & Sell
  Monday, 11/16 – Zoranger Well Project Meeting

  T-Shirts
  Video
  A-frames, table cards & Flyers

  To your Congressperson
  Holiday Oxfam donations
      Eating and Shopping
 “We have the illusion of consumer freedom, but
  we’ve sacrificed our community life for the pleasure
  of purchasing lots of cheap stuff. Making and
  moving all that stuff can be so destructive: child
  labor in foreign lands, acid rain in the Northeast,
  depleted farmland, communities where the big
  economic engine is crystal meth. We often have the
  form of liberty but not the substance.”
   -Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Why eat responsibly?



          Human Rights
       Environmental Costs

Water & Air Pollution


Soil Depletion

      Concentrated Animal
       Feeding Operations
 Produce as much meat with as little cost and in the
  shortest amount of time so that the most return can
  be gained.
“Western” diseases

Exposure to chemicals

Food poisoning
          Human Rights
Low pay
Dangerous conditions
    Chocolate Child Slavery
 30% of children under age 15 in sub-Saharan Africa are
  child laborers.

 200,000 children work in the Ivory Coast cocoa
  industry. Up to 12,000 are defined as victims of human
  trafficking and slavery

 West Africa provides 80% of the world’s cocoa. Ivory
  Coast = 46%.

 Cadbury, Hershey’s and Nestle all buy cocoa at
  commodities exchanges – Ivorian cocoa is mixed in.
 Tomato Slavery in the U.S.
 Immokalee Florida – Tomato capital of the U.S.

 Up to 90% of the domestic tomatoes we eat come
  from Southern Florida.

 Immigrant workers are underpaid, forced in to debt
  by growers, and abused.
      Genetically Modified
 Organisms that have been altered by combining
  DNA from various sources to create new genes or by
  splicing genetic information from one species into
  that of another. These organisms and their genes are
  patented by companies.
              Organic Foods
 Organic crops are
  typically grown
  without synthetic
  pesticides, artificial
  irradiation, or
          Steps to ethical
   Read labels
   Avoid processed foods & foods from industrial farms

 Buy Fair Trade

 Eat local and in season
   Blacksburg Farmers Market

 Compromise

 Avoid waste: Buy what you can eat
        Grocery Guidelines
 The most important thing is that you’re eating real
  food. The fewer ingredients, the better.

 Health: Avoid foods high in High Fructose Corn
  Syrup, enriched flour, partially hydrogenated oils

 Environment: Avoid foods containing palm oil and
  soy products. Choose sustainably raised meat.

 Look at unit prices
            Places to patron
 On campus
  Farms & Fields – Owens Dining Hall
  Homestead Creamery Ice Cream @ Deet’s & West End

 Off campus
  Farmer’s Market
  Kroger – Be sure to read
             Places to patron
 Online
     www.oxfam.org.uk
     www.equalexchange.coop
     www.nosweatapparel.com
     www.transfairusa.org
     www.fairtradefederation.org
     www.globalexchangestore.org

      If you can buy it locally, you should.
      Local = less packaging, more local
      community revenue
           Further reading
 Michael Pollan
   The Omnivore’s Dilemma
   The Botany of Desire
   In Defense of Food

 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
 Food Politics by Marion Nestle
 Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by
  Barbara Kingsolver
 Further watching: Food Inc. (2008)

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