Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EcoFest PowerPoint - Sodexos Four Pillars

Check out this PowerPoint IC Dining created for Ithaca College's first annual EcoFest!
The presentation demonstrations how we at IC Dining uphold Sodexo's four pillars.

A Better Tomorrow Plan

Humane Society visits IC Dining!

This past Monday, we celebrated Meatless Monday with Krystil Smith, the food policy coordinator at the Humane Society of the United States. A Food Lab demonstration and presentation was given in Terrace Dining Hall, at our Food Lab station. Executive Chef, JJ Molina, kicked off the presentation with a cooking demonstration of vegan couscous burgers. These burgers were made up of Israeli couscous and chickpeas. After combining the two ingredients, JJ added some Indian spices to give the burger flavor. He explained that the spices could be altered to fit anyone's taste - for instance, rosemary and garlic could be used. While the burgers were frying up, Krystil talked to us about the importance of Meatless Monday. This was a fun video she shared with us:

Krystil explained that most people only think about the Humane Society was protecting domesticated animals like cats and dogs. However, she told us that the Society actually fights for the rights of any and all types of animals. Meatless Monday is one way that anyone can support the Humane Society or the rights of animals. By avoiding meat even one day a week, you could save 37 animals in one year. That's just one person! Around 1 billion animals are saved if all of the United States stopped eating meat for just one day a week on a yearly basis. When looking at these numbers, it really shows the power of Meatless Monday. Even on an individual basis, eating less meat can make a huge impact. Krystil even made a few points about health and Meatless Monday, giving an example of a family member who has lost weight from participating in Meatless Monday.

Above is a picture of Krystil giving her presentation about Meatless Monday.

This picture shows Chef JJ Molina mixing the ingredients for a vegan couscous burger. 

We love Meatless Monday at IC Dining, and always enjoy having fun events themed around the movement! Let us know your thoughts on what you like or want to see IC Dining do for Meatless Monday!

- Jackie 
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Animals Rights

Happy Meatless Monday Ithaca!

We are more than half way done with our semester - which is crazy to think! Now is the time to look back on your Meatless Monday commitment and evaluate how you are doing. Let us know if you have any secret success tips or questions.

This Monday, I want to highlight Meatless Monday and animal rights. There are a lot of environmental and health benefits to going meatless one day a week, but it is also a way to promote animal rights and the humane treatment of animals.

99% of meat in the United States comes from factory farms. The focus of these 'production plants' is to produce mass amounts of meat in the shortest amount of time. To accomplish this, factories turn to chemicals, antibiotics and the inhumane treatment of animals. To get a better picture of this, check out these below facts about factory farming in the United States:

1.  In 2011, more than 80 percent of antibiotics produced were fed to livestock.
  • While some of these antibiotics are useful in terms of keeping livestock healthy, the majority are used solely to decrease disease because the living conditions in factory farms are severely dirty. 
2. According to an undercover investigation, factory farms grind up live male baby chicks because they can't lay eggs. 

3. Pigs are kept in gestation crates that are so small that the pigs cannot move. After being stuck in there for months, the pigs suffer from open sores, alcers, and injuries from not being able to move.

4. Veal calves must stay immobile in order to produce the desired meat. In order to do this, they are stuffed in extremely small cages and have a heavy metal chain around their neck to keep them from being active. Veal are even barred from seeing sunlight, in order to keep their flesh pale and attractive to consumers.

5. Fowl are often "debeaked" through cutting or burning their beaks off. Factories do this so the birds do not peak each other to death because they are in such close quarters.

The living conditions for these animals is outrageous and saddening. I purposefully left photos out of this blog post as to not disturb anyone unwilling. However, if you are interested, all of the information from this post was found on the following link, as well as photos:
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Want to learn more?
IC Animal Rights will be tabling in the pub this coming Monday, November 17th. Then, we will be hosting a demonstration on meatless eating in Terrace Dining hall at 2:30pm. This is open to all students! We will hear from Krystil Smith, who is the Educational Outreach Coordinator with The Humane Society of the United States. After that, we will view a live cooking demonstration along with free samples! You won't want to miss this delicious event.
The Humane society website is as follows:

Go Meatless Monday,
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