Thursday, January 30, 2014

How to make McNuggets

As we delve into our study of agriculture I keep discovering interesting information related to the food we eat. It is amazing how far some food travels, how it produced and what is in it. Shouldn't chicken just be chicken? The Huffington Post has a great series called Unreal Eats that uncovers the back story to many of the processed foods we eat. There are excellent articles and videos here that might make you rethink that next happy meal.
UPDATE: McDonalds would like to refute wild claims of multiple ingredients and pink stuff with its own video explaining how Chicken Nuggets are made. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Geopolitical Anomalies

Political Geography is ruled by words like Centrifugal Forces, Irredentism, and Majority-Minority Districts. If those terms aren't confusing enough for you, check out this awesome map of Geopolitical Anomalies. A tangle of arrows, it illustrates places on the globe that go against our basic geographic understanding of the globe. It comes complete with an explanation of every place labeled on on the map.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Where do communities come from?

Today we often see planned or even master planned communities. Someone sits down, looks at a map and divides it into the most profit generating community they can imagine and sell. What happens when communities develop organically? The post From Camp to Town explains the bloodshot eye development and its religious origins. This easy to read article also gives several examples where this type of development can be found.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Confused about Conflict?

    After nearly thirty years of civil war, Sudan split into two countries in 2011. Now the newest country in the world, South Sudan, appears to be entering a civil war. Confused about all of the conflict? Here is a great article to help you understand the history and current conditions of South Sudan, 9 Questions about South Sudan You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask.