The obesity epidemic in the United States has grown out of control. Over the past 35 years, obesity rates have more than doubled. The average American is more than 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960. Continue reading Fat America: The Obesity Epidemic
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.
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
“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!
For my conversation, I decided to imagine a conversation between Michael Rozyne and John Mackey discuss their respective company’s relationship with regional/local farmers with Farmer Zack Fisher, a small-scale local farmer looking to market his produce to supermarkets.
When Yvon and Mackey sit down for their cup of coffee at the Yeti’s Grind in Vail, Colorado, they are always both somewhat excited and somewhat dreading of the conversation. Midway through their cup of coffee, the conversation sounds something like this… Continue reading Your Salaries Are in a Glass Case Of Emotion
The company that stood out to me on the list of The World’s Most Ethical Companies was ARAMARK. ARAMARK is a food services company and was the company who provided dining services for my high school. I was curious what ARAMARK had done to earn its spot on the WME (World’s Most Ethical) list. As a food services company, I would imagine ARAMARK has many opportunities to both give back to their community, through providing food or services to the less fortunate, while also having opportunities to cut corners to save money, by skimping on food and sanitary regulations.
I decided to look at ARAMARK’s Mission Statement and see how it matched up with what I could find about their operations. The Mission Statement is as follows:
“Because we value our relationships, we treat customers as long-term partners, and each other with candor and respect. Because we succeed through performance, we encourage the entrepreneur in each of us, and work always to improve our service. Because we thrive on growth, we seek new markets and new opportunities, and we innovate to get and keep customers. And because we’re ARAMARK, we do everything with integrity.”
After digging for information, ARAMARK seems to be doing a lot to try and benefit the community, and is really trying to make a name for themselves as an ethical corporation. ARAMARK has made a company-wide volunteer program to rebuild community centers and provide support for wellness and and nutrition education, promotes trayless dining to help reduce waste, has pledged to reduce the amount of fat, sugar, and salt in their meals, and has called for a 70-80% increase in tomato picker wages. I was happy to see that the company that I paid to feed me for my four years at high school making a real attempt to make a difference in the community and environment as a whole. ARAMARK seems to have set a mission statement focused on all of their stakeholders, and has been holding true to its mission statement in that regard.