Friday, September 28, 2012

Topics of Discussion in the BPS Science Class...

Some Odd Topics You will Learn About in Bachelors….

“Science Fundamentals”

While rummaging through my old blog posts, I thought that this one would be most useful to those perspective Bachelor’s students who always are curious as to what we learn in our classes. This post is from 2011 when I was in Science Fundamentals class. I remember leaving the room feeling as if I just gained a new insight on the environment and the Hudson River from our thorough discussion on the subject. Enjoy!

February 2012

I found out a few interesting facts
in class today that I'd like to share with you, some even involving food and
consequences if we aren't careful with our environment:

1) Did you know that broccoli is
usually packaged on ice and shipped this way? That's because if you ever cut broccoli and leave it out for a while, it is prone to growing harmful bacteria... So keep this in mind foodies!

2) Sustainability is so controversial and judged lately in the food industry. 
Simply, the definition is:
"Sustainability is based on a simple principle:
Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment"
(US EPA Sustainability Website)

 3) I'm not sure if you have experienced the change in weather folks, but I am currently living in The Hudson Valley area and it snowed last night after being 50-60F the other day... It's kind of bizarre; this whole winter up in New York has been all over the place. This may be telling us something... Don't worry I won't get into global warming, unless I want 100+ comments on this blog (not a bad idea).....Just asking you all to be aware of these changes. 

4) To relate to #3, let's just look at the ocean for a mere second. The acidity and pH is rising in these waters, dissolving the coral reefs. No wonder they aren't colorful anymore...

5) Were you also aware that the butterflies are becoming somewhat extinct because of this change in weather? Just saying. It's kind of crazy.

6) Okay, enough with weather talk. Now, you're probably thinking, "Giuli, none of this relates to food, what are you talking about this for?" Listen, our ecosystem has EVERYTHING to do with food! Water, air and sunlight produce what we eat (unless you're into the whole artificial, chemical colored foods out there... yuck). The most interesting fact that I learned at the end of class was this: The Hudson River is actually VERY clean! HAH! Really?! Yes, I'm serious. Don't be fooled by the off-grey color everyone, my Professor pointed out that the biomass is very high in the Hudson and that our school, the CIA, actually gets their water from there... A scary yet interesting thought if you ask me.

...Looking back at this post reminds me how interesting discussions were in Bachelor's classes. When you have a full classroom full of mature adults and strike a topic of conversation that is relatable to everybody, it's a great feeling to know the facts of the subject and discuss ways to promote the idea or make a difference. We are the future leaders of the industry, which is why these classes are so important to consider.

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