Friday, April 11, 2014

Guerrilla Cuisine: Forks over Knives

 My name is sharmili. I am a freshman at the University of Hartford, majoring in Biology. After graduating I plan on attending medical school, and becoming a Pediatrician.    

            Forks Over Knives is a film which they talk about production of meat and solution for eating meat. In this article we are going talk briefly about the production of meat and how it affects the consumer.
             About 40% of people in U.S.A is getting obese due to consuming of more meat and they spend about 2.25 T dollars in healthcare. Some major problem people in America is facing was heart disease, cancer and diabetes. About 460,000 American women has died due to heart disease this year. This could also leads to blood pressure. Not only the adults are affected by this, even children of this generation are also affected. I would say that this could be the first generation were children lives shorter lives than their parents. The only solution for this problem is eating more vegetables than meat mainly spinach. It is like plant based diet. 
          Generally, people say that they eat meat because to get protein. I can tell that protein is not only present in the meat it is also present in plants too. We can also find diet cholesterol present only in animal and also some main protein found in milk.
          People facing more trouble by eating meat. It has been found that about 1, 00,000 people in U.S.A have breast cancer. It is not a good news to us. The study says that about 14,000 death prostate cancer has been occurred in U.S.A and 18 death prostate occurred in Japan. We have a question like how come it possible? The best answer for it is in Japan, people won’t eat meat more and they will consume more fish, rice and vegetable they are taking energy from that.
         I do eat meat. It’s not that I’m talking about not to eat meat and at behind I’m eating meat. I know that, it’s hard to stop this kind of practices but step we can do is, we can eat meat a little and whenever we eat meat we should eat double the amount of vegetable and fruits. And we can also try to avoid meat in our daily life. 
          I can also say that nutrients from animal food will increase the way to cancer and nutrients from plant food will decrease the way to cancer. In future, I wish doctors should use nutrient food instead of drugs to treat the patient. When we become ages we will have endothelial cells in our body gets damaged, it can be prevented when we consume more plant based food.

        I conclude by saying avoid meat and say hi to plant based food so that we can reduce the cost of buying medicine and we can use those money for buying organic food and healthy food. So I’m going to try this and lead the way because I really care about my family. 

Guerrilla Cuisine: In class readings

Hello, my name is Michael and I am Freshman here at the University of Hartford. I am a Criminal Justice major in the College of Arts and Sciences. My hometown is South Windsor Connecticut and I am currently living in the Freshman complex's on campus. In my Food Policy class (FYS100 Guerrilla Cuisine) we split up into 3 groups of 4 and each group was given a different article on the topic of eating bugs as a source of protein. After everyone in your assigned group was finished reading the article, we were supposed to come together and discuss what you have read while giving your thoughts and opinions on the article. After being given about 10 minutes as group to discuss things over, Professor Owens went group to group asking for one person to share with the rest of the groups in class what their article was about and to give a general overview of it. Once each group was done giving their overview of their assigned article, we held a class discussion of how all the articles related to one and other even though they were all different. We were then assigned to create a journal entry on what we thought of our article and give our general opinions on it. With that being said, here is what I had to say about the article that my group was assigned to read and discuss.
After reading the article in class about the dilemma that the world will soon run out of a source

of protein, I am still not convinced that our problems will be solved by eating Insects. In the article, the United Nations states that sooner than later the world will run out of a source of protein. So what the United Nations is trying to push is that Insects are our next option in line for a way to get protein. The article goes on to say that Insects are very easy to breed and reproduce in mass amounts so with that being said there would be no shortage of Insects. They also state that Insects are good for the environment because they can be fed on organic waste systems and such. As many benefits as they say there are, you will still not catch me eating bugs anytime in the near future. Personally, I find the idea of eating bugs to be somewhat of a caveman/paleolithic type of behavior. In my opinion I feel that the whole idea of eating Insects is disgusting and that we should definitely be trying hard to find another source of protein other than Beetles and Grasshoppers.
Aside from attempting to show you the benefits of eating Insects, this article also talks about the conferences being held all over the world with a plan in mind of trying to convince foreign Countries why Insects should be eaten. I understand why the United Nations is taking the initiative to convince countries to eat Insects, but at the same time I also feel that these nations should be able to decide on their own whether or not they are going to start eating bugs as a source of protein. recently uploaded a great article that further breaks down the idea of eating bugs as a source of protein if you are still of the fence for whether you are all for this new food proposal or not. The article can be read here, (
Overall, I feel that this activity in class was a great opportunity for everyone to come together and share their opinions on the given topic. Everyone was respectful of each others ideas and listened attentively to what each person had to say on the matter. I would definitely recommend this group discussion activity to other classes due to the positive atmosphere it creates and how great of a job it does with getting everyone involved. 

Guerilla Cuisine: Meatless Monday

My name is Afrim, an Albanian born and raised in the bustling city of Bronx NY.  My family is originally from a small town called “Hoti” camouflaged in the mountains and trees of Montenegro. Being that my family is from a village almost everything that was consumed came from local farmers or was self-grown. Since I was exposed to the two extremes of living from a village in Europe and a city in New York I am able to understand what real food is as opposed to the readily available microwavable meals. When told to take a food challenge exempting a priority staple in Albanian meals such as meat, it is hard to break apart with a protein that comes with every meal. This challenge is known as meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday is a day committed to withdrawing from eating the loved and worshipped protein, meat. It is a day to reflect on our own diet and to challenge us to go a day without it since it isn’t necessarily needed to live on. Protein isn’t only present in meats such as lamb, chicken, and pork but in various vegetables that can be found at your local grocery store or grown in your own backyard. Everything in life needs protein to live, and vegetables can be a great source of protein. Tomatoes, beans, garlic, peas, and lentil sprouts are all vegetables high in protein, which can substitute meat products. This would be known as a whole food or plant food based diet. Having such a diet would actually decrease our water footprint since water is heavily used in the production of most meats consumed. The water footprint was another class-based activity that was done while also figuring our carbon footprint and I was quite surprised when meat consumption came into question.  It is a variable that can be easily overlooked and may I add it’s a factor to our water footprint that many people today may not really care for.

Sad to say I failed meatless Monday tragically since my cultural background heavily consists of meat filled meals. It is usually chicken and rice, peppers stuffed with ground beef, or lamb and potatoes that are set on the dinner table.  Yes, of course if this challenge was one I truly desired to knock down and take out it could have been done.  I could have easily focused on other food staples to eat through out the day and walked off the field like a champ for knocking this challenge out the park but, id rather stay hand and hand with my carnivore life style since it is the way I’ve grown up eating and it brings me comfort. All the other “negative” factors of eating meat like ones own water footprint is something that most people including myself could really care less about when you just want to stuff up your stomach and rest. Even after the experiment and learning what I have my perspective still remains the same and meat will be my main protein in every meal.

Simply decreasing the consumption of meat, not completely abandoning it from your life for eternity adds to the big picture. Not only will limiting meat consumption decrease your water footprint but it will also help Americas decreasing supply of food. It is predicted that in the near future during our generation, that meat will run out as a primary source of protein. As horrifying as that may sound the alternative is worse. Insects such as crickets are packed with protein and adding them to our diets will help off set America’s decreasing meat supply. As creative as this alternative may be it is equally off putting. A thought that comes into question is how many crickets can one person possibly eat. Like the meatless Monday challenge this challenge is one that is sure to fall through the grasps of many people.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Student Training for Environmental Protection Summer Program

Be part of a movement fighting to help stop Mountaintop Removal, Tar Sands, and Fracking! Learn how to divest your campus or community from dirty, destructive, and dangerous fossil fuels! Organize for clean, renewable energy! Build a strong, diverse, inclusive movement fighting for environmental justice! Attend a Student Training for Environmental Protection Summer Program! STEP is designed to give students and young folks the skills they need to become effective environmental advocates and organizers. STEP is an intensive course facilitated by a diverse crew of some of the best youth organizers in the U.S and Puerto Rico. The program focuses on environmental justice and anti-oppression and the workshops and activities reflect that. During the program participants learn how to create (or strengthen) successful and inclusive groups that will be able to run effective environmental campaigns on their campuses or in their communities. There are three opportunities this summer: - Mid-Atlantic STEP- Sunday, June 2nd through Friday, June 7th in northern Virginia - Heartland STEP- Thursday, June 20th through Sunday, June 23th in central Wisconsin - New England STEP- Sunday, June 30th through Sunday, July 7th in eastern Connecticut This year marks our fifth anniversary! So far we've trained over 90 people who have gone on to do amazing environmental justice work around the country. Join us this summer and you could be one of the people in the STEP Network doing great things to protect our planet. To learn more and to apply go to or contact Colin Bennett via email at or by phone at 860-395-8392. We hope to see you there! -Colin Bennett, STEP Coordinator, on behalf of the entire STEP team

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Campus goslings

Photo by the talented John Kniering of our Uhart goslings on an adventure.