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March 18, 2007

I have spent the weekend attending this conference that is all about The Farm Bill, Farm to Cafeteria School Lunch Programs, Ecology and much more. I have been furiously taking notes and have some things that I found shocking, startling and interesting and now I must inflict them upon you who might read this. I warn you that my conversations will, on auto-pilot, veer off to this subject no matter what we may be speaking of and I apologize in advance for my selfish and one-sided conversations.

100 Billion Gallons of oil are used to manufacture and transport food

a. Everyday

b. Every month

c. Every year

The average piece of food item in USA travels from Farm to Fork

a. 100-500 miles

b.  500-1000 miles

c. 1500-2500 miles

On average a Farm to School Salad bar costs to start up  and maintain for one year, exempting food costs

a. $10,000

b. $25,000

c. $30,000

In America we spend what percentage of our weekly income on food?

a. 5%

b. 11%

c. 27%

In the UK they spend what percentage of their weekly income on food?

a. 5%

b. 17%

c. 30%

What percentage of adults are obese in MD?

a. 31%

b. 47%

c. 58%

In 1990 obesity for kids (classified as a 30lbs over weight for a 5′ 4″ adolescent) was 10-14% in MD. In 2005 what was the percentage?

a. 15-19%

b. 18-22%

c. 20-24%

In 1960 the average kid watched about 5 hour of TV. The percentage today is about

a. 6 hours

b. 8 hours

c. 10 hours

How many actual ingredients make up the listed ingredient, “Natural Strawberry Flavor”

a. 12

b. 40

c. 29


1. a   2. c  3. a  4. b  5. c  6. c  7. c  8. c  9. b

“Natural Stawberry Flavor”

amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, g-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2007 8:30 pm

    Before I finish reading this – I had to see what the answer to #1 was. Where are they getting a figure of 100 billion gallons of oil per day? I just read that the total oil reserves remaining is estimated to be around 1,800 to 2,200 billion barrels and that to date we’ve extracted 1,080 billion barrels of oil since commercial extraction of oil began in the 1860s. I realize that I’m comparing barrels to gallons, but I think that number cited is either grossly exaggerated or incorrect. I’ll continue reading now…

  2. March 19, 2007 12:45 am

    The answers to your obesity questions did not surprise me. They say children learn more from their parents actions, than their words. What are we modeling to our children?

    Next question: What percentage of men in the United States aged 40 to 59 are overweight or obese?

    A shocking 78.2 percent!

    Lynne Eldridge M.D.
    Author, “Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time”

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