I hope you had a jolly Christmas season surrounded by your loved ones! As we segue into normal life again, I am lucky enough to have a continued break until the beginning of January, which makes for a lot of time to read, reflect, and practice Spanish 😉
I have a trifecta of interesting news tidbits for you today – tracing food from the meal back to the soil it was created by. Here goes:
The New York Times has taken out their calculators and looked a little more closely at the calorie counts of eating out – something that may be front and center in our conscience after dining lavishly over Christmas. And what they find is appalling, if not real news – it is extremely easy to get your entire daily caloric needs – around 2000 calories – from one meal in many restaurants. Sometimes, it just takes one dish or one milkshake. What surprised me is that even a comparatively normal menu (a burger, fries and a drink) may reach your entire daily allowance. A good reminder to keep treats treats.
Thinking about how those milkshakes are made? Welcome to the first dairy “theme park” in the US in Indiana. NPR’s the Salt takes you on a virtual tour through the premises, where visitors can watch dairy cows give birth, be milked – and where Coca Cola’s milk of the future was dreamed up! This innovation aims to differentiate the different components of milk and put them back together with specific amounts of protein, calcium and lactose to fulfill your personal needs. My, my. (Or moo, moo?)
Finally, the UN designated 2015 to be the Year of Soils! Check out their website here for updates, reports and events. And have a look at their first infographic below!