"By the early decades of the twentieth century, public health authorities in England and the United States could no longer ignore the links between refined white flour and widespread nutritional deficiencies, including beriberi, as well as increases in the rates of both heart disease and diabetes. But by now the White Flour Industrial Complex was so well entrenched that a shift back to whole-grain flour was never seriously contemplated.
Instead, the milling industry and government came up with a clever technological fix: A handful of vitamins that modern milling had removed from bread would now be put back in. So in the early 1940’s, in what was called “the quiet miracle,” the U.S. government worked with baking companies—including the Continental Baking Company, makers of Wonder Bread—to develop and promote a white bread fortified with a handful of B vitamins. Here was a classic capitalist “solution”. Rather than go back and address a problem at it’s source—the processing of key nutrients out of wheat—the industry set about processing the product even more. This was sheer brilliance: The milling industry could now sell the problem and the solution in one neat package.”
Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation, MICHAEL POLLAN
Light on the articles this time because I’ve been reading two books as well.
The Brief & Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao (completed; genius)
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (halfway through; fascinating)
is my new blog for wildlife/nature posts. as some of you may know, I work for a wildlife rehabilitation center. I do A LOT of research on wildlife and lately I’ve been wanting an outlet for it.. so here ya go. check it out if that kind of thing interests you. there will be personal photos from my job as well.
David Levithan, Every Day (via emotional-algebra)
dude exactly what I just posted about what
"Do you ever not say things that you want to say?" she asks me while staring off at the courthouse bathed in moonlight across the street, dragging a cigarette. The smell of cloves. The smell of you.
All the time, I think but say “Yes”, instead.
"Why do we do that?"
"Sometimes I find it…
A sweet little piece I wrote about my girlfriend almost three years ago. It was heartwarming to relive this memory.