Though I bounced around topics in my efforts to learn about new food activism in the news and social media, here are some links that had lasting impressions on me and are worth checking out:

Perhaps the most influential article I read all semester, the National Post warns against food activists pushing their agenda in cultural and economic contexts with different needs. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/19/eat-organic-slogans-dont-belong-in-africa/

I returned to this story about pizza being labeled a vegetable by Congress because it was what originally piqued my interest in food activism. This issue is crucial to understanding the ways that food justice may clash with political interests. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45306416/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/pizza-vegetable-congress-says-yes/#.UWI58JOsiSo

Also on the topic of school lunches, which I feel encompasses a whole range of social, economic, and political issues, this USA Today article explores emerging efforts to reform what we expect from public school cafeteria food. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/05/school-lunch-nutrition-new-standards/2053851/

As the name suggests, a conservative blog that served to help me understand the “other side” of the GMO argument. Not entirely convincing, but it is important to play devil’s advocate when forming opinions.  http://www.younghipandconservative.com/2012/09/gmo-phobia-is-pseudoscience.html

A Tufts student wrote this article for The Observer about GMOs, and I liked including the perspective of someone from my community who wasn’t part of our class and wasn’t necessarily pushing a certain political agenda. http://tuftsobserver.org/2013/03/frankenfood-free-trade-and-the-gmo-debate/

Another link on the topic of GMOs, this HuffPost article is a great introduction to the Right-to-Know Act and a case study of new food activism in politics. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/genetically-engineered-food_n_3149418.html

This article was a wake-up call about the realities of meat-eating, population growth, and environmental degradation. Terrifying, but a must-read. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9605048/China-now-eats-twice-as-much-meat-as-the-United-States.html

The incorporation of this article into my blog was the first time I looked to countries outside of the US to see how policy was addressing the issues we discussed in class. Here, you can read about Hungary’s response to the intensifying obesity epidemic and think about how their solutions might be applied our own backyard. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/world/europe/hungary-experiments-with-food-tax-to-coax-healthier-habits.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

Toward the beginning of the semester, as I embarked on self-teaching related to food activism, I was interested in exploring how Americans think about food. This is a link to a survival kit of nonperishable foods for some impending apocalypse, reflecting one aspect of modern American values related to eating and plenty. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/augason-farms-deluxe-emergency-food-storage-kit-1-year-1-person/prod1970426.ip#desc

Though a little dry, these CDC stats about the obesity epidemic in the US were an important way to root my musings about inequality and unequal access in a growing health crisis. http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html


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