I’m Lovin’ the Irony

May 24. In El Salvador, this is the day McDonald’s donates a certain percentage of their Big Mac sales to a local charity that helps give surgeries to children with heart problems. The organization is called Sana Mi Corazón, which translates to Cure My Heart (or My Healthy Heart, but I’m pretty sure it’s the…

A Quarter Pounder with Cheese, and a Side of Toxins

Copper, arsenic, dioxin, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, lindane, penicillin, Flunixin, Sulfadimethoxine, Florfenicol, Sulfamethazine, Ivermectin…some of these may sound familiar, some may sounds vaguely like something you learned about in biology class some years back. But nothing sounds like something you’d expect to find on your dinner plate. And yet they’re there. They snuck in, as uninvited guests….

School Food Program Falling Short in El Salvador

Wait…there’s a school food program in El Salvador?? Well, yes and no. Recently (within the past few years, although I could not obtain the exact date of initiation), the government of El Salvador, through the Ministry of Education, launched a school snack program. It is called a “snack” program as opposed to breakfast or lunch…

“News” about McDonalds

A former student of mine did an internship with a local newspaper this past May. It was then that I learned the dirty truth about the local “news”papers: they don’t actually go in search of news. They wait for news to come to them. Of course that’s not entirely true, because they do need to…

Local Food and Nutrition

Many locavores (and I could probably include myself among these) have claimed that local food is more nutritious. It seems like a simple fact: food that is grown closer to home, often with greater care as to the inputs and picked closer to peak harvest should have a higher nutritional content. But is it true?…