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Think about the future farming!

May 30, 2013, by

For our Food For Thought class we each had to create a four panel mural. This mural should have four different parts representing each unit we have covered in class this term.  Each panel must connect to the other and stand on it’s own. The purpose of this action project was to demonstrate understanding of four snapshots of agricultural history and envision sustainable food production. I am very proud of my  drawings for my four panels.

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“There are vastly more chickens raised for meat than any other kind of farmed animal and virtually all are factory farmed.” I chose a chicken as my main character in my story. I have four panels and each panel represents a different unit in our course. We studied Life, Death, Decay, and  Birth. I chose three main words that describes each unit and I will be explaining about them further in the report.

If you look at my image I have the first three panels drawn in black and white that represents the past. I chose the colors black and white because first it represents the past and also it represents the unseen or the blindness of the world. Where as my fourth panel is fully colorful and this is because its the unit that shows the future farming method. I chose permaculture as my farm technique, it is the type of farm where everything flows and relies on each other.

For my life panel I chose the word traditional, because the way the chickens are raised are in a traditional farm with the same methods over and over again.  For the second panel that is death, I chose the words factory, system, and global. I chose the word system because it is when the chickens go through all the machines and get chopped down, and this is a worldwide process. A great fact about factories and companies is that during 1950 to 1960 Poultry companies began to achieve total vertical integration. which is interesting to know and compare to our day now. As of for the Decay unit I chose Cooking, awareness, and alarming. It is basically alerting people from restaurant food and food they don’t know about. Lastly our last unit Birth I picked the words organic, local, and innovation. I am a person that refers to organic because I believe that they are healthier than GMOs. From an interview I conducted with Marc Bernard, who owns an organic farm. I asked about his opinion of organic farming and GMOs he said, “We can make more money with GMOs, but we will not get great healthy food”. This saying made me think of making my future farm all organic and a permaculture farm for the last panel. that was my poster and THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE FARMING!



Photo sketch by: MA

Photo coloring by: MY

Quote from : Eating Animals book

Featured image: Reed, Tim. (2013). MY

Capturing Reality

May 13, 2013, by

For our Food For thought course we had to create a food review. The purpose of this project was to test whether there is difference in taste between organic/fresh and processed food. Me and my partner, ZP chose to make a documentary about fried chicken because we thought it would be a easy dish to purchase and make. After analyzing the fried chicken so closely I would still eat it because it tastes good but the health effects are a little concerning. One thing that I am very glad I did was working with a partner and getting to hear different ideas from both sides that would make our project excellent. I am very proud of our video please have a look at it below:

How does your tea get to you?

April 26, 2013, by

In our Food For Thought course we just finished researching our chosen ingredient; mine was Tea. The purpose of this project was to see where our food comes from before it is in the store, or in your plate. In order to do this we researched an ingredient that we felt connected to and wanted to learn more about. During this process I realized how I never thought about the origin of the food I eat. I also learned a lot about Ahmed Tea – which is what I drink every day after dinner. One thing I am very proud of is reaching out to to Ahmed Tea company and getting an email back from them. It was great to connect with the company, located in London, and get great information back.  Please enjoy looking at my Prezi below, and learning about how tea gets into your cup.

Basmati Rice and Bryani

April 12, 2013, by

In our Food For Thought course we just finished writing an autobiography of our chosen ingredient; mine was Basmati rice . The purpose of this project was to connect food cultures from our family’s historical backgrounds. In order to do this we researched an ingredient that is most common in our family’s recipes and traced its path from where it originated to our dinner table. During this process I realized how I never thought about the origin of the food I eat. I also learned a lot about rice – which is the main thing I eat everyday. One thing I am very proud of is connecting my family’s history of food to rice and telling it from a first- person perspective. Please enjoy reading my autobiography below and admiring the picture of the main dish of my family, Bryani.

MY. (2012). Iraqi Bryani.

MY. (2012). Iraqi Bryani.

           The fact that everyone in the world enjoys eating me, but I don’t think I deserve all that attitude. I have a great history and my name is very respected everywhere but you still eat me. Today I will be talking about my family’s history and where we came from. Right now I am at Marinas house (Iraqi family lives in chicago). I am sitting in a maroon pot filled with water on the kitchen table. I heard Marina talking to her mom  today and saying that their lunch will be Bryani. Bryani is a dish made of rice, noodles, eggs, potatoes, and many delicious spices. I will talk more about Bryani further in the story but now let me tell you about me and my family’s history.

            Some people say we were founded near the eastern Himalayas and others say we were originated in southern India. I know that I am here, and I exist. My grandmother told me that her family lived in southern India where she was born. She was taken from all the way to China where she grew up and met my grandpa. Around 2000 B.C they both moved to the Philippines then to Korea.

             Shhh…. (Silent voice) I hear someone coming over to me…… Ok lets finish talking (said in a silent voice). Wait, where did we leave off ? Oh Korea. After they both went to Korea around 1000 B.C they went to Indonesia and had their first baby – my mom! After my mom was born they took her and lived in Japan. There my grandfather passed away. Persian people came and took my grandma and my mom then, they were both taken to Mesopotamia which means they were taken to Iraq. My mom and dad got married in Iraq, I was also born there. In Iraq people eat a lot of rice and the number one rice they prefer eating is Basmati. Basmati is my family name and proud of owning it. I lived in Iraq, my grandmother passed away in Iraq, and I became famous because of most of the Iraqi food. How do you want me to not be proud of dying at an Iraqi house, in an Iraqi dish?

              I believe that we still have more time before I get cooked. Let me tell you about Bryani. This dish is Marina’s favorite food to eat. Last week I heard Marina and her mom talking and Marina asked why Bryani was the common dish in Iraq. She said, “Every time we cook Bryani we eat it with family or friends. This dish has many great memories associated with it.”.‹¹›  Based on what I saw and heard I can tell that Bryani is cooked in many ways based on the country. In Iraq itself, each city has its own recipe and the only common thing among them is rice.

           Haha aren’t you tired of listening to a 90 year old piece of rice? Forgive me please but these are my last words before I leave and you are the last person I talk to. I believe I only have two more minutes to tell you some more fun facts. Mustafa is Marina’s dad and he is from southern Iraq. Southern people usually love seafood – mostly fish – and they barely know Bryani. With that being said I can still tell you that the main dish they put for lunch always incorporates rice. Now do you see how popular I am? Do I really deserve all that from all of you humans?

            Now it’s time to say goodbye! I can feel that Marina’s mom is carrying me and going to pour me into the hot pot to cook me and eat me.

Alright…. bye! it was nice telling you my story! (shouted)



‹¹› -Quote said by interviewee (external investigation).

Habeeb Salloum. (2008). Food of Iraq: Enshrined With A Long History.

Indian spices. (2009). The Origin of rice.

Commodity Online. (2007). China: India’s new basmati export destination.


Family Tree:

Dream Catcher

March 8, 2013, by

In the last project for my Who Am I? course, we reflected on a dream from our pasts and created a dreamcatcher in order to symbolize our dreams. We read about Freud and other philosophers who analyzed dreams. We had to interview someone to interpret and give us feedback on our dreams. Finally we created a physical dream catcher that would give visual representation of the unconscious fears and wishes captured in the dream. I am very proud of my final dream catcher I did, which you can see below, also enjoy reading my reflection below:


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(Yahya, Minnat. (2013). Dream catcher)


Through a small hole in the center all the  good dreams come to us, while the other  holes stop all the bad dreams from bothering us. You hang it in the window in a  place where the sun is able to shine through the center hole. It’s a type of art that  Native American people make. To build it you need a metal ring, brown string, beads, and lastly feathers. I got to make one on my own and each thing in it represents something different.  For example, each part in the dream catcher represents our happiness and fears in life. The hole in the middle represents great things in life. Great things in life are happy memories, such as a graduation, a wedding, laughter with friends, etc. The circle in the middle lets the bright side of life happen. The web of string that creates the center keeps sadness, death, and sickness away from our lives. This happens because the web is too complicated for these things to enter. The web therefore will help you get rid of resistances like these from your life. Getting rid of resistance in life means living and enjoying life without fears, in other words, seeing the bright side of the world. I once had a scary dream where I was drowning and people were looking at me but unable to help. I told my mom about this dream and she told me what the reality of my ego was. It was a warning from god telling me to be on the right track in life otherwise time was going to be up. I believe that if I have this dream catcher, I will no longer have this dream. The dream catcher will make the dream lose its way in the web of string. In my dream catcher I used the colors yellow, white and brown. I have a yellow circle in the center that symbolizes brightness coming through. My web is complicated-looking, brown strings that show fears and complications of life. Lastly, I have a white feather for peace and yellow feathers for happiness and the bright side of our world.

What is Worth Pursuing in Life?

February 22, 2013, by

For our Who Am I course, we had to create our own philosophical question. We started with a guiding question, that we thought was worth answering. Mine was: What is worth pursuing in life? I chose this question because I thought it would be interesting to see different people’s opinions of life.  Our final project could be in three forms; an essay, a video, or a SlideRocket.  I chose to make a SlideRocket presentation which is below. One thing I am very proud of in this project is my presentation. I really enjoy using slide rocket because it lets me develop my creativity of designing and being colorful.

Enjoy my slideshow below and share your answer in a comment:

Get it before it gets you- MDG project 3

November 4, 2012, by

For my MDG unit 3 action project, I wrote a poem and created an illustration. The poem had to explain one MDG ( Millennium development goals) target. My target foucused on curing HIV. From this project I am proud of my poem because I didn’t know that I write good poems. To learn more about my target, and my poem please check out my full project below!

MY                                                                                                                                   Nov-1-2012
                                                             Get It Before It Gets You
For our MDGs Unit 3 Action Project, we wrote a poem and created an illustration to educate others about a target and indicator. We chose MDG 6, Target 6.b: Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS . We pulled information from three sources; the world fact book (HIV/AIDS – ADULT PREVALENCE RATE, 2009), the World Health Organization (10 facts on HIV/AIDS,2011), and Avert website (Universal Access to AIDS Treatment: Targets and Challenges, 2011). We hope you enjoy our poetry and illustration.
A silent killer
It’s a leech that latches to your body and grasps you
It sucks away your humanity
It’s not easy to cure
It becomes your shadow
Once you get it
It follows you forever
And gets emotionally attached
HIV is what you will get
AIDS is what comes next
6.65 million people have access to antiretroviral therapy
But  7 million are still in need of it
26% adults in Swaziland are infected
And that is the highest percentage in the world
Millions of people die each day in the world
 Tell the world
  We will find a cure
And we will win the war
As individuals
Lets stand and fight
Get tested  before its too late
And  Spread the message
HIV is real
AIDS is deadly
But both can be prevented

Country Profile- MY

November 3, 2012, by

For my MDG’s course, I researched  Saudi Arabia on how it is achieving one of the MDG’s (Millennium Development Goals). I explored how gender equality is pursued there. The point of this project was to show the international effect of MDG’s. I learned how to make a map that can represent data in many different places. What I am proud of is my final paper and the graphs I got to make electronically. Enjoy my country profile below!


MY                                                                                                  oct,12,11    

                              Gender Equality in Saudi Arabia

This country profile examines how one millennium development goal (MDG) is being pursued in Saudi Arabia. MDG 3.1 aims to “eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education, to all levels of education no later than 2015”. To show this target in Saudi Arabia, I focused on women in universities. I compared a women- only university in Saudi Arabia to a co-ed university in the U.S. I conducted an interview with a person from Saudi Arabia, and I analyzed a news article that addresses this target on a country level.

In Saudi Arabia women are very respected in everything. A recent article from the Guardian website, reported by Homa Khaleeli, states that “Almost 60% of the country’s college graduates are women, but 78% of female university graduates are apparently unemployed- despite the fact more than 1,000 hold a doctorate degree. In total only 15% of Saudi Arabia’s workforce are women,” (“Saudi Arabia Is Planning All-Female Cities So Women Can Work, 2012”). I personally think women do not work because work is an activity for men (in the Middle East). In addition in Saudi Arabia women stay home, but this is a sign of respect in their culture. If I compared these statistics to the U.S I would say that women in the U.S are more likely to be enrolled in college than men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As you see women’s education in the U.S compared to Saudi Arabia is very similar.

Although women in Saudi Arabia compose the same percentage of college students as women in the U.S,there are also differences in the way they access education. In my Saudi Arabia map the place that is highlighted is where Princess Noura University is located. On the U.S map I have Texas highlighted, and it is where the University Of Texas in Austin located. Both of these colleges have around 51 thousand students. However Princess Noura University is the biggest women’s college in the world (“Saudi Arabia’s First Women’s University,” Rawan Jabaji, 2008), and the University of Texas is one of the top co-ed schools in the U.S, according to

To learn more about gender equality and women education I interviewed, Asim Alshaikhmbarek. Asim is from Saudi Arabia, and he went to men-only schools his whole life. I asked him about his opinion on education in Saudi Arabia, and he said, “Schools in Saudi Arabia are not so good. They need to make it fun.” I asked him about the education of women, and he stated, “I have never been in school where women are around. I like being away from women because I feel that each of us gets to learn better.” From hearing Asims opinion I really got to learn new things about what I am studying.

In conclusion, I would say that equality can be defined in many different ways depending on your background. In my opinion, I can say equality is about comparing women to men. From the statistics I had above, I can say Saudi Arabia’s education is as high as the U.S. Although women in Saudi Arabia dont have jobs like women in America, but these have two differnt cultures. I would also state that looking at women in different cultures will help you better understand your own culture.

Access to Education

October 9, 2012, by

In my MDG (Millennium Development Goals) course, we created a local profile on education in Chicago. The purpose of this piece was to study the recent local issue around the target we are focusing on. I was focusing on education in Chicago and the teacher strike of 2012. We had to get statistics, find news articles, and conduct an interview with a person that works in that field.  What I am mostly proud of is my final paper, and the interview I got to do with Amy Hill a manger of the youth program in Refugee-One, who had great information about education. My final page was a great accomplishment for me. From this project, I learned that Chicago is at risk in education, that students here need more education, and especially that the teacher strike came at a bad time.

Here is my report below:

Access to education

This local profile examines one of the Millennium development goals. The target that I am focusing on is target 2.1, “making sure that by 2015 children everywhere boys and girls will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.” I looked at the recent teacher strike to see how it affected education, created a graph of local statistics, and talked to a local expert.

 In Chicago, a lot of children got affected by the 2012 strike. A recent CNN article, reported by Kyung Lah and Greg Botelho, states that “parents and city officials scrambled to keep about 350,000 children busy and out of trouble as the strike stretched into its second week.” It also quoted a CPS parent, Will White, who said, ““It is frustrating for me that the kids are not in school, and I have to find other ways to continue their education.” The teacher strike stopped 350,000 students from accessing education. That led to parents getting frustrated and try to find other ways for their kids to access education.

 Before the teacher strike, the education of CPS was already at risk. As graph one shows, ISAT scores in Chicago are lower than IL as a whole. In addition graph two shows IL honor roll comparing Chicago, to the suburbs, and down state IL. As you see Chicago, the red column, is always lower than down state, the blue column, and the suburbs, which is the green column. As the graphs show, Chicago is always lower in education, meaning the teacher strike is not what we were waiting for, because we need students to be educated.

 Recently, I had a conversation with Amy Hill, a manager of the youth program at Refugee-One organization. I asked her what she thought about the teacher strike and she said, “I have mixed feelings about the strike. I want students to get enough education and want teachers to have their rights to speak up. I think that the teacher strike came at the wrong timing, we need more education for the students.” From hearing Amy’s opinion and adding it to mine, I can really say that Chicago is at risk in education and schools.

 In my conclusion, I can say that Chicago students are really at risk in getting the education they want. I was convinced of this by reading about the teacher strike, looking at local statistics of education in Chicago, and interviewing Amy Hill. All of this information showed the real meaning of access which is students getting the education they want. The teacher strike showed us what is an important part of access to education, if teachers are not in school to educate students, then students will not get the education they need.