“My capstone was a combine idea of teaching with culture exchange. Through the process I learned about the SLA system, how hard could be teach teenagers and also how careful and organize you have to be when your actions and planes affect others people time.”
Since the begging I knew that this brenchmark will be specially challenging because our teacher give us options to select from, which was nice but at the same time scary because each option was hard in a way, wasn’t a safe choice. I chose the uncover story to find a good news in the city and show it because sometimes I feel like the people in Philadelphia underestimate the city and think that everything is bad.
For the reason that is a news article I couldn’t stay set in front of my computer and write a paper, I had to research and find people who will support my story in order to show that is real. Rotary Club is the organization that is sponsoring my exchange program and besides that they do a lot of good community service so was a pleasure for me talk about that fantastic people.
Based in the theory of Five point Framework from the book Collapse by Jared Diamond, this project above was made with the propose of evaluate and grade (0-10) the collapsibility of two country by comparing each other.
The first country France, officially called the French Republic. It’s the second largest country in Europe (with 65,350,000 of people). The capital is Paris; the official language is the French, and the currency the Euro. They have a unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic government.
In the other hand we have Romania, a Southern European country, with a smaller population (just 19,042,936 people). The capital is Bucharest; the official language is Romanian, and their government is unitary semi-presidential republic. Like France, Romania also has as currency the Euro.
Both part of the European Union and they are in a very good condition of life in general. Those facts make harder the job of evaluate collapsibility and the criterion to grade it. Also my knowledge in cybernetics is poor, this I would like to change in a future presentation.
Overall by the process of making this project, I enjoy it and learned a lo about those two countries, and I was very impress with how those five point framework apply to any community, and even those that we think are very advance, had their point where they are weak.
Everybody perceived the word accordance with his or her reality. This is the probe to that analysis. The exercise consists in try to calculate the number of people that you believe is in each category based in 100. Below we present three different bar graphs cooperating the world reality with what the average in the class believe is true, and what I thought was the real number.
I choose these categories because I was sure that were the ones where I was closer, but the results give me some surprises. Now with the real answers I think that the most accurate is the urban/rural chart even when we tend to add more in the urban areas, but that is normal because we life in a city and we believe the most of the people had the same situation. The same happen to me with the genders, I put more female than male, and in geography I add more people in the parts that I know. And the whole situation almost repeats in all categories, languages for example.
In the case of this graphs as you can see the differences between the class, the reality and my distribution is not enormous despite that we have a lot of different options, but still you can see some of them a little bit higher or under the real number, and once aging our perspective of the world depends in our reality, and the true is the US is a country where religion is free, so we really do not have a real sense of this.
In a very personal way I am alive to be wrong in this one, because means that more people that I think had access to drinking water, and that is amazing because we all are humans and we all have the same rights.
· 1 medium onion, chopped fine
· 2 tablespoons butter
· 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
· 1 medium tomato, chopped fine
· 1 green pepper, chopped fine (optional)
· 4-6 eggs
· 3 tablespoons cream
· Salt and pepper to taste
1. Whisk eggs together with cream. Set aside.
2. Melt butter with oil in a large nonstick skillet.
3. Sautéed chopped onions over medium heat until translucent.
4. Add tomatoes and peppers and cook over medium heat until soft, 8-10 minutes.
5. Pour eggs into skillet and cook gently, stirring them lightly and flipping them as they cook.
6. Cook to desired doneness, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with arepas.Analysis
Perico is a Venezuelan dish consisting of eggs, oil, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers. A single serving would have about 18.5 grams of fat and 222 calories. It has no sugar (except for a little natural sugar from the vegetables).
Our dish is nearly 100% whole food. The only processed ingredient is vegetable oil, of which only a tablespoon is used. It was also, dollar for calorie, the cheapest ingredient. A 48-oz bottle cost $2.99. Eggs were $2.29 a dozen, also relatively cheap. The pepper was $1.99, the tomato and onion $3.99 each. One serving of perico costs approximately $3.97, more than a serving of fast food.
The only ingredients whose origins we were able to find were the eggs and oil. The eggs came from a small organic farm called Sauder’s Quality Eggs. The oil was manufactured by Clover Valley, which is owned by Dolgencorp, LLC, a subsidiary of Dollar General. While we don’t know exactly where the vegetables came from, they probably came at least several hundred miles. They were from a normal supermarket and therefore are probably from Florida, California, or Mexico.
The only vegetable oil regulation I could find was a bill that requires animal fats and vegetable oils to be regulated just like non-food oils for manufacturing and transportation. There are many regulations concerning the production of all eggs, to prevent the spread of salmonella, and more for organic eggs.Sauder’s eggs come from hens that eat organic feed with no antibiotics and roam outdoors. Conventionally produced eggs come from hens given antibiotics and growth hormones. Since Sauder’s is in Pennsylvania, the eggs also travel less than eggs from a non-local company might. The tomato wasn’t organic. While an organic tomato would have been grown without pesticides, the tomato we used was likely sprayed with pesticides to control weeds, pests and disease.
Initially, I was suspicious that Sauder’s was a friendly face hiding a large corporation, but I looked through their website and it’s clear they are a small family farm. Meanwhile, the CEO of Dollar General, David A. Perdue, makes $1.94 million a year. It’s amazing what a far-reaching effect the purchase of a single meal’s ingredients can have.
In this unit I learned many new things, and I saw many things inaccuracies about how food is processed. This definitely changed my way of thinking about food.
Building on this experience I am trying to change my diet, but is more complicated than it look, since humans are not machines that will simply pass a button and change.
I believe that is the same with the food system. I think the country as a whole is trying to change, but not so easy to change the habit that hundreds of people have had for many years, so fast, and more when behind all this are the powerful people trying to manipulate the situation to their behalf to keep filling their pockets with ‘easy money’ because the big companies do not really care about the quality of food they sell, but by the amount of money they generate.
I think for a country to change your lifestyle in every aspect you need to educate the population, so they know for themselves how they can choose good food, as you can not force people to do something even when is better for their lives. And here is the worse part of the situation, there are people who know that even knowing that something is not good for them, but they still doing. This is what the person should be understood primarily in order to change their way of life.
Thinking in the audience who will be seeing my project, I believed that the best way would be a presentation. But then, when I was looking the resources I thought that I should let the articles speaking by themselves.
All this led me to think in make a newspaper library, but that is to boring for teen years. Finally I considered in mixing these two ideas and made an interactive newspaper library, in this presentation the people could see videos with short explanations and can made your own conclusions.