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.

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.

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.

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.” …

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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.

Whether you are a visual artist, cartoonist, poet, fiction writer or essayist, Iowa State offers you several opportunities for publishing. You might have walked past stacks of Sketch, Uhuru, Trend and Ethos without giving them a second thought, but therein lie the chances to make a name for yourself.

I am sure that many of you have read or heard a multitude of reasons why learning another language is a good idea, and I'm here to reiterate this point and offer some practical benefits of doing so.

This past weekend, the fate of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which is considered to be the bible of psychiatry, will be discussed by academics working to publish the controversial fifth edition of the manual. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual defines every mental disorder and also determines treatments for those disorders. It is updated every 15 years and serves as a standard reference for psychiatrists, insurance companies, drug researchers, the courts and even schools.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to focus on cooking. Deb Perelman, blogger-turned-author, recently released her new cookbook, "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook." As a college student looking for variety in my diet and an aspiring cook, I found this cookbook to be the perfect source of inspiration.

With fall break looming and Christmas fast approaching, dreams of traveling over break have begun. Ski trips and backpacking plans are what I’m hoping for during break, but as a student there’s always the concern of cost in the back of my mind.

This morning I went to unlock my bike after leaving it locked up on Stanton Avenue. To my dismay, I found the seat post broken, the front tire kicked in and the fender bent. I couldn't even wheel the bike forward. Sadly, I had feared that it would be damaged during the night but had hoped for the best.

“Wonderful things happen when your brain is empty,” said Maira Kalman, American illustrator, author, artist and designer. This quote defies the typical notion that we must have brains overflowing with knowledge and ideas. Truthfully, we find our maximum productive and creative potential when we “empty our brains” and take time to slow down.

Can sharing a meal be cause for celebration? Yes, it can. Not only can sharing a meal change your hurried meal into time spent with friends, but it can also change the way we understand food in America.

My name is Kristen Daily and I'm a coffee-holic. That steaming mug of coffee needs to be in my hands as soon as the beeping of the alarm sounds in the morning. Without that morning cup of coffee, I'm a monster. I'm not ashamed; drinking coffee seems like a fairly harmless addiction, but I've always had a few friends (noncoffee-drinkers, of course) who criticize my caffeine intake.