RSS

Author Archives: corriel25

Saying Hello to the GMO

By: Corrie Lingenfelter


download


In an industry breakthrough, Chipotle has announced they have removed one of the things that consumers want least in their food: GMO’s. The fast food chained announced April 27, 2015 that it is the first national restaurant chain to use only non-GMO ingredients. Co- CEO Steve Ells states,” the Denver- based chain has hit the goal not only at Chipotle Mexican Grills but also at the company’s ShopHouse Southeast Asia Kitchen locations.” he adds by saying, “There’s a lot of debate about genetically modified foods. Though many countries have already banned the use of GMO crops, it’s clear a lot of research is still needed. We decided to move on non-GMO ingredients.”

This move is not surprising for the food industry.Food makers and restaurant chains want to remove ingredients that younger consumers do not want in their food or beverages. We have seen Pepsi Co announce that they would be removing aspartame from the diet Pepsi and also McDonald’s announcing that over the next two years it will stop using chicken treated with antibiotics commonly used for humans.Not only is this a trend on the macro level of things but also on a micro level in our own communities. We locally see different trends and lifestyle choices being incorporated in restaurants in our very own region.

In Pennsylvania located in the sweetest place on earth -or what others refer to as the town of Hersey sits a restaurant called Harvest. Inspired by local and regional ingredients, Harvest offers a fresh take on American cuisine perfect for the whole family. The menu features fresh seasonal fare and a variety of beverages including micro-brews, cocktails, and an American wine list.It is run by Sous Chef Timothy S Cook. I got the pleasure of sitting down with him to discuss some of the issues and myths in the food business about GMO’s and their rise to food fame.

Chef Cook finds that this GMO discussion has somewhat been blown out of proportion. “It’s all about education.” he states, ” There are foods that have been able to be taken from one area and been able to be grown in another cause of a change. Some farmers believe things like being able to grow  products in areas where it was too cold or not enough rain fall or ones that can fight off diseases that would have ruined entire crops can save the farming industry. Some do not the see it as destroying what is natural.” Cook goes onto say, “I feel that every case is different. Like pumping antibiotics in poultry it started out in the 1940’s and it was for a good cause then it got out of hand in the 90’s. its all about education and knowing what we want to put in our bodies.”

Our conversation goes on with the biggest culprit of GMO’s and that is Monsanto. Anyone who knows anything about food or GMO’s knows that Monsanto is the largest producer of genetically engineered seeds on the planet. Accounting for over 90% of the GE seeds planted globally in 2003. Monsanto introduced a genetically modified product (Roundup Ready Soybeans) that were resistant to Roundup. The first crops introduced were soybeans, followed by corn in 1998. “Roundup Ready” crops greatly improved a farmer’s ability to control weeds, since glyphosate could be sprayed in the fields without harming their crops. Some chefs do refer to Monsanto as the worst corporation in human history. Chef Cook’s opinion is that, ” Monsanto is a large organization with a lot of companies underneath it. So as you can imagine some parts are good and some parts are not so good. its a debate like i said before is about education. i know some local farmers that hate the company. but there are other farmers that think its saving the everyday farmer.” Dennis Wilson, an environmental science professor at Harrisburg Area Community College surprisingly agreed. ” See sometimes we as scientists are assumed to automatically be in agreement to the GMO thing. That is not always the case for most of us. I personally feel that there needs to be more research first before presenting society with some of these products. Monsanto is a business and like any business they are out to make a profit any way possible.” He goes on to say, ” There haven’t been research that says GMO’s are harmful, but like I said there also hasn’t been enough research to show the long term effects of GMO’s in our products either. Society needs to focus on the different things we are putting in our body. America is very overweight and its caused by the amounts of processed foods we intake and not looking at what is going into our bodies through certain foods.”

This  lead us into the conversation of local foods and it’s benefits to society. At Harvest Chef Cook works  very hard to bring in as much local food as i can.”If i can buy from a local farmer I’m getting the freshest ingredients and my money is going  right back to my community. There is proof that eating local vegetables while pregnant and/or young can reduce the risk of allergies. It is not just a thing “farm to table” its a whole change of culture when done right.  The carrots i bring in from Lancaster cost me almost 3 times the amount then California. So i can bring this in and not pass all the cost off on the consumers. It was very eye opening to head from these two knowledgeable people on just how much we don’t educate ourselves before going with the latest trend. Chef Cook leaves us with this thought, “Its your responsibility to know what’s going in your bodies. Some people don’t take pain relievers, don’t eat anything but organic or free range, and some people need a quick cheap meal and stop at McDonald’s. None of these things will kill you its just about moderation.” I end this piece with expressing again how important it is for our society to explore the different food lifestyles out here and to educate yourself thoroughly on the effects good or bad it will have on your total health. 

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

KEYS bill goes to Senate

By Corrie Lingenfelter


download

They KEYS program helps students succeed at community college.


A KEYS bill has been passed unanimously in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a vote of 198 to 0 on May 5, 2015.  The bill is to lengthen the allowable Vocation Education time in KEYS. The next step now is getting it through Senate. The total allowable time for KEYS students is 12 months. This bill will extend the time to 24 months if passed.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Hard News

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Curfew lifts in Baltimore, effects still impact area

By Corrie Lingenfelter


waot

A rundown CVS Pharmacy shows the damaged caused to the Baltimore area.


The daily curfew implemented in Baltimore following the violent protests of the death of Freddie Gray, was lifted on Sunday by the city’s mayor hours before hundreds of demonstrators came to City Hall for a peace rally. Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Hard News

 

Tags: , , , ,

High Risks Equals High Reward

By Corrie Lingenfelter


Sleepy Green leads a no sleep lifestyle. He is the CEO of the fashion and promoting company No Sleep Lifestyle. His swag is on fleek as he is dressed in his own No Sleep brand t-shirt and crisp dark blue jeans finished off by clean looking tan timberland boots. A smile that kills and energy that will wake anyone up. His voice calm and full of optimism as he explains this journey of showing us that not all black men’s stories end in tragedy.




Sleepy Green leads a no sleep lifestyle. He is the CEO of the fashion and promoting company No Sleep Lifestyle. His swag is on fleek as he is dressed in his own No Sleep brand t-shirt and crisp dark blue jeans finished off by clean looking tan timberland boots. A smile that kills and energy that will wake anyone up. His voice calm and full of optimism as he explains this journey of showing us that not all black men’s stories end in tragedy.

We hear and see news of the unjustified killings of young black men in several cities. The riots and the peaceful protests in lower class areas. Sleepy Green’s story reminds us you can make it in America. “You just have to remain positive and not be afraid to take risks because high risks always equals high rewards!” states Green in an uplifting tone and smile on his face. Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Feature Stories