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In this unit a lot about what really goes on with food processing. From the videos I watched in class to the articles I've read, there are a lot of things that hidden from the public. I think that one of the bigger problems with our food system has to do with people of course, because honestly there isn't any other cause then the people. It's not like the things we eat can cause problems itself, it's the people that makes it, the people that is in charge of the food processing. Not only is it the people who are a part of the food making process, its those who eat the food that aren't speaking out about what's wrong with it. If no one cares about what they are intaking than, what they are eating isn't going to be changed. It also goes under laziness, because some people don't feel like actually preparing a healthy meal, so they rather eat fast food because it is convenient. There are a few changes I could make with some of my eating habits, and some of those things could be instead of eating as much candy as I do I could minimize the sizes. I also have a habit of drinking a lot of teas, so if i could maybe add a few more bottles of water to my diet it would make a difference. There wouldn't be that much sugar in my daily intake, I am more then willing to make the changes. However the only problem would be minimizing the amount of teas I drink, so like I said already I would just add water. 


red potatoes

spinach leaves 

mozzarella cheese



onion powder

olive oil 




1. Boil potatoes until soft enough (20-30min)

2. Take potatoes out let them cool

3. Put olive oil in a  sauce pan (let it heat) 

4. Rinse spinach with water

5. Put the spinach in pan, after about 3min add cheese

6. Add salt, pepper and onion powder (when the cheese is completely melted it is done)

7. Cut a slit in the potatoes big enough to stuff them, and add butter inside so they won't get dry

8. Place potatoes on a baking sheet, and put them in the oven for 5-8min

9. When the potatoes are done, put the spinach in the inside.

10. That's it!



The dish I made is more of a side but it can also be a meal if you were to add other ingredients to it. In my dish there aren't that many processed foods. The foods that were processed were the cheese and butter. This dish has a total of about 360 calories, which isn't that bad. However if I was too eat this everyday I would most likely gain a lot of weight, mostly because of the potatoes. Most of the ingredients in this dish are mostly from the U.S, but not all are grown locally. This dish was mostly commercial, but could have been organic. Depending on where the items are being bought, the total of everything should be no more than about 25 dollars at the most. This meal does cost more than fast food, but it still beats eating fast foods everyday. At the end of the day a dish like this a better selection.  

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Bria Jackson Q2 Art Project "What I Can See"

The title of my piece is "What I Can See" it is an abstract painting that shows everything that one see's when they first look at someone. It shows the physical qualities of person that would attract another. Everyone has at least one physical quality that they want would like their partner to have. 

For my piece I asked others to help me out by answering two questions. Such as When you first see someone what is the first thing you notice? What do you like the most about yourself? Some of the answers I received were eyes, face, smile, hair, complexion, body, lips and more. So I wanted to use as many of those answers as possible. 

After putting some thought into it I came up with my painting. I like you or want you for what i can see.  

This is the unfinished product 
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Make Love Not War!

In my advanced art class we were assigned to recycle something and make something from it. To think of something that is used in everyday wasn't difficult at all. However I wanted to do something different, something that a lot of people wouldn't be quick to think of. Yet I wanted to use something that is used and should be by a lot of people. So I thought of condom wrappers and making a peace sign out of the wrappers.

Make Love Not War, was the first thing that I wanted to represent my art, but also I wanted to go a little deeper than that common phrase. So many people are caring std's and they are spreading so quickly because people are not protecting themselves. Over half a million have died of AIDS, and there are currently more than one people living with HIV and AIDS in America. It is true that not all people who have it, received it from being sexually active. However those who were sexually active that received it many of those were unprotected. Once someone has unprotected sex they are not only disturbing the peace within themselves but in their homes their loved ones suffer also.

Collecting the material for this project I would say had to be amusing. To actually get condom wrappers to recycle them was awkward, but there were some people that was able to donate to my project. I wouldn't say that this is just my art project it wouldn't be able to have it's meaning without the help of others. 

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