Love Out Loud 2014: Food Justice

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Modern food production has prioritized price and quantity of food over quality and humane practice. Meat, for example, takes 20 times as much fossil fuel energy to produce than plant-based protein per calorie. Meat factories are more often feeding cows wheat, corn, animal by-products, antibiotics, and sawdust instead of grass, which can cause colonization of E. Coli in their digestive tract. In addition, Meatpacking workers in factories are often poor minorities or illegal immigrants who work in unsafe environments with unreported injuries and low pay. Our food comes at the cost of other lives and it’s time we take a stance.

Last Friday, Binghamton University’s Intervarsity Christian Fellowship held one one of its coveted event of the year called “Love Out Loud: Food Justice” to support the awareness of local, organic, and fair trade food products.

An eye-catching display of a make-believe grocery welcomed students, alumni and other guests who attended the event. Guests were given a “shopping list”, and visited each station of food to learn where and how food reaches our shelves. From baked goods to meat and dairy, Intervarsity members helped educate others about each food category and how to eat more organic, local and fair-trade.

The room resonated with passion and enthusiasm for good, wholesome food and human rights.

“I think it’s really important to be aware of how our food gets to the table. There are poverty-stricken families harvesting coffee for less than $3 a day. People shouldn’t be enslaved for our food,” said Meghana, a student attendee.

The Love Out Loud Committee wanted to raise a lasting concern and impression about what is happening in the food industry. Love Out Loud’s main goals include educating, equipping and convincing people that they may not merely be consumers, but responsible stewards for a positive change.

The event also presented to visitors various other ways to support the movement of LoGOFF food (local, green, organic, fair-trade, and slave-free). Quite a few on-campus groups and organizations popped up, such as the Food Recovery NetworkSUNY VinesPoverty Awareness Coalition and Blood:Water. Many local options for organic, local and fair trade food were present, such as the Lost Dog Café, The Whole in the Wall restaurant, Nezuntoz Café, Vestal Farmers Market and even Chipotle.

 

Eat a cupcake the right way by breaking off half the bottom and placing it on the frosting

Photo by Kirby Barth

Make your chip bag stand up on itself by inverting the bottom and rolling it up a few times

Photo by Marykate Surette

Put a straw through the tab on your soda to keep it from rising out

Photo by Marykate Surette

Put eggs in a bowl to see if they're fresh: eggs that sink are freshest. Don't eat eggs that float.

Photo by Parisa Soraya

Use oil to remove paint from skin

Photo by Isabelle Chu

Eliminate garlic smell on your fingers by rubbing them with lemon juice, baking soda or stainless steel.

Photo by Kristen Yang

Freeze coffee in an ice tray to avoid watered-down iced coffee.

Photo by Kristen Yang

Cut soft cheeses with dental floss

Photo by Kristen Yang

Use a hanger with clips to keep cookbooks open

Photo by Isabelle Chu

Flip your toaster on its side to make easy grilled cheese

Photo by Kirby Barth

Maximize ketchup cups by turning them inside out

Photo by Gabby Phi

To eliminate cooking odors, boil water with cinnamon

Photo by Christin Urso

To chill wine in 6 minutes, place bottle in a bucket of ice, water and salt

Photo by Christin Urso

Dunk an Oreo with ease by sticking a fork in the frosting

Photo by Kirby Barth

Freeze ripe avocados to enjoy year round, even when they're not in season

Photo by Christin Urso

Keep bananas fresh longer by separating them and wrapping stem in plastic wrap

Photo by Kirby Barth

Make scrambled eggs in the microwave

Photo by Kirby Barth

Use an onion ring to make the perfect fried egg

Photo by Kirby Barth

Take stems out of strawberries with a straw

Photo by Kirby Barth

Binder clips keep kitchen sponges dry

Photo by Kathleen Lee

Wooden spoon prevents pots from boiling over

Photo by Kathleen Lee

Microwave a sponge with dish soap to keep it smelling fresh

Photo by Kathleen Lee

Reheat pizza to perfection by microwaving it next to a glass of water

Photo by Molly Krohe

Microwave two bowls at the same time by propping one up on a mug

Photo by Lily Allen

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