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Could It Possibly Be? August 26, 2013

After paper is made, there is left over wood pulp that has been sheared off so the surface of the sheet is smooth and able to be written on or ran through a printer. Once this pulp is gone it cannot be reused, as it is already dried and would not work properly if re-wet.
Where does it go, exactly? Wouldn’t you love to know – wait…promise you won’t hate me. This surplus of wood pulp goes into your food, that’s what. Can you believe it? No?
Well, you will.
McDonald’s McFlurries: (By the way , note how they do not say ‘McShake’s’ or something equally corny. Why, you dare to ask? Because it is not real milk. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.) They are thick, creamy, delicious goblets of liquidated heaven, with maybe a few OreoTM bits stirred in. Or, that’s what they want you to think. In reality, you are so eagerly slurping up wood. Cellulose, one of the key compotes produced and inside wood, thickens food and gives it the texture similar to what flour or oil would provide. Some absolute genius discovered this, and now the cheapskate fast food restaurants are thinking…’JACKPOT!’ And not just restaurants… but companies as well. They have gone to the dark side.
Kraft Bagel-Fuls
Aunt Jemima’s ‘home made’ Maple Syrup
Processed Cheese
Guess what one organic ingredient these have in common? (HINT: …cellulose….)
Surprise! I think I ruined somebody’s happy illusion of delicious fast food. And I’m sorry, if that indeed is the case. But you people need to know what you’re really eating. If the human body ingests cellulose, it is completely indigestible. Instead, it sloshes around your stomach for a while until your body decides to get rid of it (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about)
How disgusting is that?!
Well, happy fast-food eating! BEWARE THE EXCESS WOOD PULP!
-Kat

Sources: http://www.cracked.com/article_19433_the-6-most-horrifying-lies-food-industry-feeding-you.html
http://mcdonalds.org

Oh, Fun Fact Of The Day! Some loaves of bread have equal wood concent of the (yep! you guessed it!) wooden cutting board they may be sitting on.

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Pros of Immigration April 15, 2013

Disclaimer: these are the views of one Bonsai staff member, not all of them, and not the blog. They are not expected or required to share the views of other members. If they do, fantastic, if they don’t, fantastic. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I wrote this for a Social Studies debate. 🙂

Without immigration, America would not have come as far as it has today, for America is a country of immigrants, and each has a culture to share, a story to tell. Native Americans first owned the land, but when immigrants came, cultural exchange flourished. America would not carry such a rich ‘melting pot’ culture if not for immigrants.

Furthermore, it can help with population distribution. Immigrants may move to an area of the country that is small and lacking in economic growth. Their cultural experience from their former country can add new and innovative ways to build economic growth and add culture to the small place.

the Border

The Border

There are more people to pay for goods and services when one lives in an immigrant country. Something sold to Americans may be seen as ‘old’, but in a different country, it could be the coolest thing, and so sellers may still make a profit out of it. Immigration also provides a larger workforce, which can fill the necessary jobs others find undesirable. More people are paying taxes, which gives the government a larger budget for their projects.

Legal immigration has a very good impact on the receiving society, as well as the people coming from their old country to start a new life.

Ceej

 

The Consumption Cycle January 26, 2013

Filed under: Economy and Consumption — mochi @ 7:30 am

The results of living in a society with a high level of consumption will be negative, in the long term, because we will lose resources, pollute the environment, and become a world based on materials. High levels of consumption create high levels of demand, therefore causing more desire for materials. When trees are cut down, coal is mined, and water used in excess without replacing the resources, there will eventually come a day when there is nothing left. Not only is the extraction of resources dangerous, so is the production and simple existence of goods. Resources are taken, chopped or compressed by fuming machines, covered in chemical resin, packaged with paper that’s gone through the same process, and transported by trucks and ships that blow out clouds full of CO2 and freon. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the packaging is thrown away to decompose in a landfill, or even if it is recycled, it goes through the process again! And again! Every time it creates more pollution, and every time it contributes to the vicious cycle that is consumption. Furthermore, each time a product is made or bought, it accomplishes nothing but making us a global society more focused on buying and having, even though all of this buying-and-having can be dangerous. The people who buy products are exposed to the chemicals, which means that consumption based living is also unhealthy and perilous living. As the years go on, they eventually buy more products to help their asthma or other condition that was caused by the chemicals, which makes the entire thing happen over again. Becoming a world based on expenditure is taking us in a downhill direction, because it creates more vicious cycles spiraling off the original supply-and-demand rotation. If we bought local goods and supported smaller businesses, made updates available online instead of having to buy an entire new iPhone, we could reduce some of the buying obsession that the world has been slowly sinking into. We can still fix this problem before it swallows us up, but if we don’t change it, the results of living in a society with as high a level of consumption as we humans have are definitely going to be negative. For more information, google and watch the movie “The Story of Stuff” online. It really made me notice the shocking truth about environmental crisis.
Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai

 

 
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