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What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.
If only the United States could embrace this lifestyle more. Sure there are farmers markets and other sources of food, but the mighty supermarket and food giants have completely taken over this country. A typical American wants quick and easy, but most of the time that comes with a price to pay. The mass produced food in the U.S. is the majority food source for many citizens, the foods likely are modified and have come from all over the world. Sure they are cheaper than a freshly grown products from a farmers market for example, but we as a nation and society let it come to this. The U.S. has land in variable climates to sustain itself year-round, but that isn't the cost friendly option for right now. Everything seems to be right now, not looking into the future. It is almost as though the country is too far down the road of industrial giants and their mass produced products, that backtracking to a time where we actually produced our own goods is out of the question. The least we can do at this point in time is try to buy local and help sustain what we already have before it's built on or forgotten about.
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Here is an exmaple of one country that has retained it's social norms over generations. The community has been the provider for life's supplies for thousands of years in every country. Bolivia has taken the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach. Not only are they still stressing the importance of fresh food from local vendors, they are also creating their own improved fast food system. The rest of the world could surely learn from Bolivia, though one could say it is much too late to do so.
Bolivia is the first Latin-American country without a Mcdonald's present there at all. These people would prefer to eat their delciious varities of foods than eat fast food. This is an important example every country should look at. We all eat so much fast food and never stop to realize how much delicious food our countries have and stuff we can easily make at home instead of feeding our bodies with fast food.
Boliva is a country that would rather keep their traditions and culture instead of sitting in a fastfood joint eating food made in under 2 minutes. It's a part of their trade process. It's not just about the pay out in trade, it's about the actual trading off crops. It's a good influence on countries who love fastfood chains of deep fried everything. A healthier lifestyle of simple grown crops bought straight from the vendor.
You may be focussing on chocolate over the weekend - but where does it come from? A global trade analysed. In chocolate (this is what maps are made for!
What is the geography of chocolate like? There is a dark side (no pun intended) to the production of cocoa in many places such as West Africa.
We all love chocolate. We all love diamonds and jewels. In western worlds, these items are easily come by in grocery stores and elsewhere, but what got them there was a challenge. People in poorer tropical regions around the world worked to get the raw goods of these delicate items we all enjoy. The payout difference is immense from cocoa to chocolate. It is sometimes a very crooked market where if it wasn't for the hard working people who get the raw ingredients, chocolate as we know it wouldn't be the same.
Very cool map. I have never really paid attention to where my chocolate came from before.
Interesting for our KS1 chocolate topic.
A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youth in Cambodia.
This video is a great example of cross-cultural interactions in the era of globalization. Urban youth culture of the United States is spread to Cambodia through a former refugee (with a personally complex political geography). What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?
Off subject, but I recently started watching "My Name is Earl", a tv show which is based around karma and redoing wrongs in life. On a serious note, people who have done wrong in their lives to turn around and try bettering themselves and others around them is very admirable. When people normally think of helping the poor, its ship them some food and clothes and that's that. It's much more than that though, you have to help them help themselves. What "KK" has done has brought something he loves, and shares it with youth that can gain interest from it. Breakdancing acts as a foundation to further learning such as books and computers, this leads to improvement and long-term effects.
This gives hope to youth that get into trouble. Both those kids and this former gang member are helping to decrease all the violence in the world. Also it helps the former gang member avoid going to jail. Know there are all these new dances that the Cambodian culture are exposed to which can show them new moves that they can use. The kids that get into trouble can also avoid going to jail or even be killed by an enemy or someone that does not want anything to deal with him.
This video posted by the New York times focuses on a former gang member from Long Beach, California who teaches break dancing and other lessons to at-risk children in Cambodia. This shows the impact that globalization has on the world. Certain types of music and dancing spread and become popular worldwide and the lessons taught by the music and culture also spread internationally. The man from California uses dancing to teach children across the globe in a world that is different but also similar to his own. Geography is being reshaped by cultural interests such as music and dancing in order to teach important lessons to children.
This is a sweet and inspirational video out of Cambodia that portrays an ex gang member using his break dancing skills to reach out to youth in the area. KK instructs them on their break dancing skills but also teaches them the value of an education and to stay away from drugs and violence. He alerts them to be cautious to avoid contracting HIV and helps them to pursue bigger goals than most people in that area achieve.
This video portrays globalization because KK brought the very American break dancing to Cambodia and he has mixed it with some traditional Camobodian moves and music. He's teaching the kids about an American custom and helping them aspire to maybe even go to America in the future. He has taken his two culture, the one he grew up in and the one he came from and brought them together for a great cause.
This is an incredible video because of the shocking footage of blatant disregard for worker safety. This can lead to an interesting discussion concerning how China has been able to have its economy grow. What other ways has China (or Chinese companies) been "cutting corners?" How does that give them a competitive edge on the global industrial market?
This guy is crazy! This just happened to be captured on video but who knows the other stunts that workers go through in the country. The demand and speed of the jobs to be completed don't always take in the safety of the workers. The regulations that are set in place aren't enforced strongly, if at all, which is why you can see this guy dangling from a building. Yet at the end of the day, the job has to be done, and surely this man will not be going home with a bonus check even though he risked his life to keep up with the demanding pace set for the demolition job.
A truly shocking video, but unfourtinally one of the everyday reality of workers in china. Its become easyer to live with the fact that childen in china india and indnoisa make alot of the worlds cloths, and while they may be overwoked and underpaid it ceritanly isnt as bad as risking flaiing 7 stories to help demolish a building. However it has gotten so bad that in the factories that make the glass screes for the iphone they had to put next over the side of building casue so many people from the factory were commiting suicide due to how harsh and unhealthy the working conditions are. And while all this is happening peole are still over joyed to support the compaines that are resposible for using these methods to produce their products.
This is incredible I am very surprised that none of those workers fell because they are pretty up high from the ground. The person on the digger must be really desperate for money because that is something that many people would not do. It seems that the people of Beijing do not care about their lives. I wonder why none of these people care for there safety. In china it seems that people would do anything for a paycheck. I understand that they have to support their families but there are many different ways to do that. But it is incredible how good the economy is in china but these are the reason why because they do not have these groups that protect the workers like the United States. It is good but at the same time it is risky because your life is at risk.
This video is jaw-dropping proof of how China cuts corners in their quest for growing their economy. With such a large population looking for work China does not really need to protect their workers. I wonder if China will experience a labor movement similar to the one in the US that introduced protective legislation.