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A few weeks ago my columns about Foer’s book "Eating Animals" sparked debate. While I was encouraged by all of the positive feedback I received, I was bothered by some of the negative feedback. Several readers criticized me as a leftist writer who just wanted to politicize everything. Another reader told me I was merely uneducated and I had no right to talk about issues in the food industry as a writer — apparently only those studying agriculture or animal science have this privilege.

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We all seek inspiration. We try to meet people, immerse ourselves in culture, read books, and listen to inspirational speeches, but it is not fruitful when we overextend ourselves in this pursuit to be inspired.

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As you may know, I have been wrestling over our decisions to eat — or not to eat — meat over the past couple of weeks, and I have been exploring Jonathan Safran Foer’s book "Eating Animals" in doing so. Foer’s unique combination of personal narrative and investigative journalism make a compelling read. To complete this series of discussion on the politics of the meat industry, I would like to present Foer’s final decision about meat — to eat or not to eat.

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Recently I shared my thoughts on the beginning of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book "Eating Animals" in an article entitled “Eating meat means eating animals.” I want to continue this discussion because of how important it is to wrestle with this topic in food politics. Foer begins his chapter with this startling statistic: “Animal Agriculture makes a 40-percent greater contribution to global warming than all transportation in the world combined; it is the number one cause of climate change.” …

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As I sat in class this morning, we began discussing Jonathan Safran Foer’s book “Eating Animals” and were faced with the question: What does it mean to eat animals? When we began talking about our first impressions of the novel, so far we all were surprised to learn that the book does not make the case for vegetarianism, as the title seems like a jab at meat eaters. Instead, Foer both presents us with stories about eating and challenges our thinking about these “statements of taste” that…

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Have you ever thought about where you get creative? Is it in the shower? When you’re lying in bed trying to fall asleep? When you’re sitting at a coffee shop staring out the window? For most, creativity seems to come out of the blue.

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If you’ve been reading my column, you know by now that food is a major theme in my writing. I love cooking, and I care about the food I buy. I’ve written columns about cooking for others, “Celebrate Valentine’s Day with cooking” and “Turning the table into a tradition”, as well how to eat frugally in “Conscious eating on a college budget.” I’ve also reviewed my favorite cooking blog and cookbook in “Cook Creatively with ‘Smitten Kitchen.’” In several of these articles I’ve discussed how …

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If you enjoy great food and love to explore cooking as a foodie, you don’t have to break the bank to do so. Cooking on a college budget can be hard, both financially and in regards to time. I understand that it can be tempting to order a pizza, grab a burrito, and pick up sandwich, but too much of this on-the-go eating is unhealthy. And in the long run, it’s more expensive than cooking at home. I’m not advocating that you completely cut this out of your routine, but I recommend rethinkin…

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Today is Valentine’s Day — a day to celebrate love that has largely become a commercial holiday. If you, like me, are looking for some alternatives to the cliche box of chocolates, roses, jewelry and dinner reservations, read on.

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Religion can be a sensitive topic. I, for one, definitely avoid the subject of church when I return to my hometown for breaks. I was raised in a Christian home, like many others, but today would not identify myself as a Christian. If I had to strictly define my beliefs, I would be a pantheist — in the sense that I believe in an all-encompassing god, thus making the universe and divine synonymous.