So I found a job- thought it’s not my dream job, I am very thankful for it! I also was just hired by a tutoring company serving as a mentor/tutor for college kids. My time has been quite occupied, but it’s time to get back to it!
Which brings me to Bloom Fest, a benefit festival of local music and arts. The first and very success Boom Fest was put on in 2010 by my partner Dane Edwards and his friends. We are thinking of doing another one in 2013 benefiting a public health/sustainable food non profit. We are currently looking for the right one! Super exciting, more to come!
2011 Harvard Forum on Food Policy I Nutrition
After reading an article on The Salt, NPR’s food blog, I was left to wonder, what does clenbuterol have to do with top volleyball athletes?
According to the article, China just lost in the 2012 FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) World Grand Pix finals to the United States. China’s coach blames it on lack of animal protein. Apparently, since the Chinese athletes were “on the road” competing they didn’t have access to “clean” meat. The team typically gets its meat from organic farms that guarantees its meats are clenbuterol free. But why add clenbuterol to your meat in the first place and why is it important that athletes don’t consume it? Clenbuterol is added to animal feed and is known as a “lean meat powder” and it’s considered a performance-enhancing drug by the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. The articles states that “some 50 percent of meat consumed in Beijing is said to contain the chemical”.
Since they had been on the road for several weeks the athletes stopped eating meat all together, so the coach blames their low performance on access to “clean meat”. I guess the real question is, why are Olympic athletes, Chinese astronauts, and other high ranking officials the only citizens that have guaranteed “clean food”. My eyebrows are raised.
Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce