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Tomato Tomahto Teaser: What the Organic vs. Genetically Engineered Debate Changes About Your Food


After doing research on locally grown, organic, and sustainable food sources for my white paper proposals, and writing my Paper 2 on Chipotle’s ‘Food with Integrity’ campaign I came across this ongoing debate. The issues stemming from this topic involve struggling farmers, high prices of healthy/organic foods, labeling controversies, and the accusations of dangerous side effects of GMOs.

Don’t let the topic fool you- this paper has everything you could want. My white paper details the story of government corruption, corporate scare tactics, mass murder (well… mass murder of the monarch butterfly population), and a whole lot more.

Food with Integrity: How Chipotle maintained growth, improved values, and silenced the critics

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Founded in 1993, Chipotle Mexican Grill is a popular restaurant chain that operates based on a very apparent set of values. The organization believes the idea that the quality of ingredients is the most integral part of the equation in the restaurant/fast food business. After dealing with criticism for some of its sourcing policies in 2010 Chipotle redefined its mission and focused on developing best practices for food sourcing. This newfound importance placed on food sourcing is evident in the way that the company handles animals, people, and the environment. It’s ethical approach to the fast food business has been extremely effective and has created a competitive advantage that sets Chipotle Mexican Grill apart from the competition. The business successfully demonstrated that employing ethical practices does not necessarily have to detract from financial gains and customer base. The revamped strategy was a huge success and reaffirmed that Chipotle would intend to only serve food with integrity. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal #2- Proposition 37 and GMO labeling


To continue my research for my white paper I came to realize I may have to broaden my topic. While my first proposal focused very specifically on the societal benefits of organic/sustainable food sources, I have come to terms with the fact that I may need to branch out. While staying in conjunction with that original topic I believe it makes sense to slowly expand to the overarching issues of food production in our nation (which undoubtedly affects the entire world). For this week’s proposal I will focus on the government involvement with Proposition 37- a simple “right to know” initiative that requires food that is genetically engineered or contains genetically modified organisms to be labeled. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal 1 – Organic/Sustainable Food Sources

For my “White Paper” I wanted to focus on a topic that I personally feel does not get sufficient attention from the media or society in general. I have decided to look into our nation’s policies on organic and sustainable food sources. The term “organic” is used to describe food or other agricultural products that are produced following a set of approved guidelines in an attempt to promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Organic food and beverage production is growing and many social movements have been introduced to promote sustainable food practices. There is a direct correlation between organic label products and a reduction in childhood obesity and diabetes. Continue reading

Michael Moore v. Phil Knight- The Showdown


This fictional twitter exchange between Michael Moore and Phil Knight is something that could have occurred following Phil Knight and Nike’s first viewing of the rough cut of Moore’s film, “The Big One.” Clearly this is not how the two would really handle the situation- but let’s just pretend their publicists, lawyers, families, etc. didn’t advise them otherwise and just let them have at it.

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Hacked: A look at the News Corp phone tapping scandal


You often hear people saying that “you can’t ever really trust the media.” Of course each news network has it’s own agenda with every story, stretches the truth to make for juicier news, and often provides very one sided views on important issues. But imagine how much more weight that statement holds when you hear that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. was accused of phone tapping to illegally obtain information used in the news. It appears we all have a very real and scary reason to not trust the media. Continue reading

Pirates on the high seas of…. the internet??


Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “without music, life would be a mistake.” While this may be a little bit of a stretch on Nietzsche’s part, it demonstrates the power that music holds in the lives of many people. Throughout history music has started cultural revolutions, influenced political movements, and created a multi-billion dollar industry. It has become such an integral part of our lives that we often don’t realize the impact it has. We live in a world where music is readily available to the public in many different forms (especially following the introduction of the internet). With the simple click of a button, anyone with internet access can download a song whether it be Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen, or that timeless classic, “Never Had a Dream Come True” by S Club 7. The government has intervened in order to protect the artists from having their intellectual property stolen.  Continue reading

Let’s Get Quizzical….

Sing my title to the tune of…

A lot of people in our generation (especially at prominent private universities) have a common phrase to describe their political affiliation. I think we all have heard someone say that they are “fiscally conservative, but socially liberal.” There are people who honestly believe that it is possible to support liberal social programs and maintain them without a certain level of taxes. I personally have viewed myself in this light without ever taking the time to recognize how implausible that belief really is. Continue reading