Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cultural differences in emotions

I am an Australian person of Chinese/Taiwanese ancestry living in Belgium. When I saw the French film, “Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?” I was surprised to learn that the French perceive the Chinese as hiding their emotions. This is because I had always thought that Chinese levels of expressiveness were normal, and that it is Westerners who exaggerate their emotions.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Sexy Veggie or Mean Meat?

People eat too much and get fat, livestock warms up the planet, and forests and soils are being destroyed. These are some of the many reasons we should strive towards a more sustainable agricultural and food industry (Walker, Rhubart-Berg, McKenzie, Kelling, & Lawrence, 2005). Two things that can be done to become healthier and simultaneously help the planet: 1) Eat less meat, 2) Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain less fats and calories, and require lower amounts of energy, water, and land to grow (Pimentel & Pimentel, 2003). 

Organizations promoting or discouraging the consumption of meat and vegetables rely on the use of nutrition education information or advertisements. Funnily enough, these campaigns often use pictures of animals or plants with human traits such as eyes, mouths, clothes, or personalities. The official term used to describe the act of assigning human characteristics to non-human entities is anthropomorphization

One Show Only by Terry Border (2013)

Entre régime carné et végétalien : Les dessous de la consommation

source: flickr