September 22nd, 2006


The spinach dilemma

If you read Fast Food Nation or any of Michael Pollan's NY Times articles that lead up to The Omnivore's Dilemma, you know the problems we have with food safety in America. These problems can be summarized in about two sentences. One, we engage in practices that make animals (and humans) ill. Two, the policies that could control the problems caused by these practices are constrained by the fact that the companies that profit by their bad practices essentially write the policies for the government.

Thus we have poo from sick cows making people sick who are eating spinach that is handled completely properly. Basically, our corporate overlords don't care that they're generally engaging in unhealthy practices - many people every year are sacrificed to the higher profit margin of the American industrial food complex.

(Thanks to wendolen for the link - I hadn't heard for sure what had caused the outbreak, but the reading I'd done in the past basically pointed to the cattle industry with a flashing neon light.)

I will resume my position as Julie, your social director

Okay, time is running out for me to see Three Times, the new film by Hou Hsiao Hsien, my favorite director. I am thus planning to see the 5:50 PM showing Thursday, September 28th, at the Prince Charles Cinema (it's the only time it's showing that day). Apparently tickets are £4.00, £3.00 Members (I'll be buying a membership) and it just sounds like a great deal. Takers?

Also, no one seems to want to go Ceilidh dancing tonight, which is good as it's not happening. How about next Friday? How about I buy pints and we say it's my I got my first paycheck celebration? I guess it's at the Battersea Arts Centre, but that doesn't look too hard to get to ... and they have a bar.

Otherwise: work crazy today, only 1 1/2 hours with no meetings planned, and that includes lunch, which is a half hour I'm snatching between interviews. Aaaargh.