Get Better Sleep: Sleeping in the Nude! – Rosie

“Great sleep is hard to come by in our society, but it turns out you can make the most out of your sleep by sleeping in the nude. It can help your health and your wallet (no more paying for pajamas or blasting the air conditioning at night!) Studies suggest that 60-67 degrees farenheit is the optimal room temperature for a good night’s rest, and people who have difficulty falling asleep may have a warmer internal body temperature that makes it challenging for one’s body temperature to drop in order to promote deep, rejuvenating sleep. For those who can, sleeping in the nude is a great way to ensure deep, undisturbed sleep and resulting healthy hormonal regulation. It is a much less expensive alternative to some of the luxury bed temperature regulation devices currently on the market.”

Rosie Lynch

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“Who Owns Who?” – Caroline Lewis

Organic food products are increasingly popular, and are one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. Thus, it isn’t surprising that some of the leading food corporations are buying out many famous organic brand named items. Corporate agriculture is sleeping with the USDA; they keep each other happy and paid, and gladly work together in promoting more efficient, larger food production yields.

I used to get a small satisfaction in making a conscious effort to buy organic foods; however, I have come to realize I am buying from the brands I was aiming to boycott: Nestle, Kellogg, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, M&M Mars, General Mills, Heinz, etc. I was completely ignorant to the fact that I was perpetuating the corporate control of these money hogs. Somewhere, in the smallest print possible, these massive corporations’ names must have been hiding.

I resent the lack of transparency; the credibility of these brands is significantly lowered in my opinion. One of the organic industry’s lobby groups, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), gets most of its funding from giant agribusinesses, as they work to undermine the reliability of the organic trade movement. The OTA is supposed to be working for safe foods advocacy and ethical consumerism, yet many of the board members are also heads or leading members of food corporations. Also run by many corporate businessmen, the USDA’s leading members are executives of Monsanto (see the below Venn Diagram).


Most of the funding of the OTA, and a large percentage of members of both the OTA and the UDSA, are from giant corporate agribusinesses. Again, I want reiterate the inseparable, symbiotic relationship between large food corporations and our government agencies. With the majority of funds stemming from large agriculture businesses, government food agencies need to keep the corporate franchises happy. Thus, the wants and needs of large agribusinesses are thrust into our government food regulations.

At all costs these corporations grow larger, fulfilling their goals, while impacting the integrity of organic labels. In lowering the standards for organic certifications, they risk the health of citizens and lose credibility. Plenty of exploitation exists on the Internet regarding the powerful agribusiness lobbyists’ influences on the USDA’s enforcement actions. I have decided to place my trust in small, local farms, instead of in the greedy hands of corporate persons. Let’s support the interest and well being of the consumer, instead of the capital and commercial interest of the corporate world.


Technoloss for Words – Lauren

“Connecting with people virtually seems to the new reality. This method has it benefits, like ease of communication between distant people, but is this new skill undermining the face to face conversation that humans have used for as long as they have walked the Earth? People seem so much comfortable connecting with their cell phone or computer screen rather than the people physically present in their life. This shift is undermining our ability to have face to face conversations and promoting relationships with devices instead of real people. Simply sparking real conversations with friends can start the change, then moving on to talking to acquaintances some more, and maybe eventually sparking a conversation with a stranger. We should rekindle this human skill before we lose it forever.”

Lauren Wheeler

NSF Collective

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