All posts by Emily Dafilou

White Paper: Feed People, Not Landfills

The average American wastes around 20 pounds of food each month. That means that each month, we throw away as much food as we consume in 5 entire days of regular eating. Not only are we throwing away natural resources and wasting money, but we are also adding to the growing greenhouse gas emissions that pollute this country. Not to mention the thousands of Americans who suffer from malnutrition each day, there are many reasons why wasting food is having a major impact on our society.

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RP Government: Bill H7033

Bill H7033 is a bill that was introduced in Rhode Island and that has been implemented in other states as well, but not all of them yet. The bill addresses the need to pass “a law that bans food and organic materials from the waste stream. and indirectly promotes composting and commercial food digesters.” It is aimed to address organizations such as food stores and restaurants so as to make an impact on a higher level.

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RP – Business: Feed People, Not Landfills

The National Conference of State Legislatures published a study on “why reducing food waste matters.” It displays facts such as how each month a single person wastes up to 20 pounds of food and as an economy, we lose over 160 billion dollars each year to wasting food. Hunger is a national problem that affects people in every states. Continue reading RP – Business: Feed People, Not Landfills

RP – Social: Clean your plates!

“A 2004 study showed that forty to fifty per cent of all food ready for harvest in the United States never gets eaten” (Jones, 2014). The amount of food that’s thrown away across the world each day is absolutely despicable. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization released an estimate between 2010 and 2012 that estimated nearly 1 in 8 people in our world are “suffering from chronic undernourishment.” Continue reading RP – Social: Clean your plates!

Will we See a World Without SeaWorld?

It’s a beautiful, sunny day on February 24, 2010 and excited audience members sit on the edge of their seats waiting for the show to begin. Tilikum, the 12,000 pound male Killer whale, emerges from the pool in a spectacular flip; the entrance of yet another of the thousands of performances he’s put on for SeaWorld over the years. The kids in the audience squeal with delight as the 22-foot whale and his 3 co-stars splash waves of water out of the pool with flaps of their tails. Forty-year-old veteran trainer, Dawn Brancheau stands by as the shows grand finale approaches. The 4 Killer whales simultaneously jump out of the pool and flip as the crowd goes wild. The whales, including Tilikum, return to their respective trainers for their rewards, the audience begins to file out, and the 30-minute performance comes to an end. Moments later, Dawn Brancheau is pulled into the water and killed by the whale she worked with and trained for years. This wasn’t Tillikum’s first attack, and it won’t be his last… Continue reading Will we See a World Without SeaWorld?

Which Emily?

How many Emily’s do you have in your class? Probably upwards of 3 or 4. How many Emily’s are in your phone? Maybe 6. In every class I’ve ever taken, I’ve never been the only Emily. That’s why I’ve always been called Emily D. or in recent years Daf, just avoiding the whole common first name dilemma and sticking right to the unusual last name. So let’s start from the beginning… Continue reading Which Emily?

Tomato, Tomahto

Local farming is starting to become a thing of the past. Though more and more consumers are aware and in favor of locally produced crops, they are also accustomed to having “fresh” fruits and veggies of every variety at any time of year. How can a single farmer compete with the industrialized food markets that have popped up? Michael Rozyne had the idea to create Red Tomato; a company focused on giving local farmers a chance to sell their products along side the main stream produce at major food stores. This is a dialogue between Rozyne and a local Lewisburg farmer, Tim Owens… Continue reading Tomato, Tomahto

The woman behind Gone Girl

By now you’ve read, seen, or at least heard about the hit movie and best-selling book Gone Girl. In short, it’s a mind twisting story about a seemingly happy couple who begin to fall apart until the beautiful wife, Amy, disappears on their 5th wedding anniversary. The novel takes unimaginable turns and leaves the reader wanting more and more, myself included. I would even go so far as to say author Gillian Flynn is the one person I can think of right now that I would want to have dinner with.  Continue reading The woman behind Gone Girl

The American Dream

american-dreamWhat is the American dream? The white picket fence, nice house, two splendid children (a boy and a girl), and a wonderfully domestic wife to come home to. This is the ideal image that people have strived after for decades, but does it still apply to U.S. society today? Continue reading The American Dream