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Happy Tuesday! Here is some food for thought, and since it is still early in the week, no reading required! (or at least, minimal reading)

 

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From Grist, “Why It’s So Hard to Reform the Food System, Explained in One Chart.” This chart shows that increased median earnings are not correlated with increased wages, but rather with increased hours working, and, from the article by Tom Laskawy, “It’s very hard to make change in the food system in an environment where wages are flat. As I’ve argued before the low and decreasing costs of industrialized food and low-nutrient, high-calorie “food products” have stood in for wage increases for the past several decades. And any call for consumers to cook more — like the eloquent one from Mark Bittman the other week — runs up against the reality that we (women in particular) are working more hours than ever.”

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Here are two videos as part of a series Daniel Fromson is doing for The Atlantic called “5 Videos That Will Change How You Think About Food”

Michael Conrad: “Rebuilding Our Food Infrastructure” from TEDxManhattan 

Dr. Melony Samuels: “Campaigning Against Hunger”

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Brian Beutler: Chart of the Day: “‘Out of Control Spending’ Really Not Out of Control At All” and, as Marion Nestle explains, “Why the U.S. does not have enough money to pay for food assistance programs, safety regulation, better school food, or support for sustainable agriculture.”

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The Future of Food: How Science Will Solve the Next Global Crises from The Atlantic. A series of fantastic graphics, posted a couple years back, about the intersection of science and technology and the future of food. Check out all the beautiful graphics here

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Ground Zero of the Obesity Epidemic? The Center of Your Grocery Store from Wired 

(The cost per calorie of food in the grocery store, with the most expensive foods for cost per calorie being produce)

(The number of calories per 100 grams of weight, with the highest calorie per gram foods being snacks and cereals) 

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And for all the coffee-holics on this Tuesday morning: 

How Coffee Affects the Global Economy from Mint.com

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Change the Way You Think About Everything from the World Wildlife Fund

 

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And if you get your daily dose of caffeine from soda instead of coffee, check out The Illusion of Diversity: Visualizing Ownership in the Soft Drink Industry from Philip H. Howard, assistant professor at Michigan State University

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And one last infographic Comparing Starbucks and McDonald’s from Princeton University

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