Wednesday, October 8, 2014

      October is National Seafood Month and a time to celebrate sustainably managed fisheries. Sustainably managed fisheries are those that maintain adequate populations of fish, manage and farm them in environmentally friendly ways. Sustainability in fisheries has been an issue receiving more attention lately as overfishing all over the world has diminished populations of many types of fish to dangerously low levels. After industry experts saw the sharp decline in their populations of healthy fish, many new initiatives were introduced to rebuild stocks. Since 2000, there have been 34 overfished stocks that have been rebuilt. 
      The local history on the south coast has been heavily influenced by the fishing industry and continues to be a major source of wealth for our area. The port of New Bedford  is recognized as "New England's seafood hub" and continues to bring plentiful fresh fish to the east coast. We buy our seafood locally from the port of New Bedford, and fresh seafood dishes will be featured on campus during the month of October, culminating with Lobster night in the Marketplace. Currently, the port generates over one billion dollars in economic activity each year and creates more than 4,000 jobs. The Umass Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) is also located on the water in New Bedford. They engage in research in fishery science and management, as well as ocean modeling. Working together with SMAST, local fishermen continue to improve their sustainability and minimize their impact on the environment while fishing.
      As Umass students we are all connected to this industry in some way. Whether we are mapping the ocean or simply eating a fresh fish dish, it does effect us. When eating seafood in October, try to be conscious of just how close we are to the action. Most of us do not take the time to think that the food we are eating is coming right out of our own back yard. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated primarily in the United States. It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza SeguĂ­n. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.
Twenty million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. The fight for a clean environment continues in a climate of increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more victories and successes into our history. Discover energy you didn't even know you had. Feel it rumble through the grassroots under your feet and the technology at your fingertips. Channel it into building a clean, healthy, diverse world for generations to come.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

White Chocolate Puppy Chow with Cadbury Eggs

  • 8 cups rice or corn Chex cereal.
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter (feel free to substitute with margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag of milk chocolate Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • In a glass microwavable bowl, combine the white chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter.
  • Stir to combine, and melt on high in the microwave for one minute.
  • After one minute, stir the mixture, and microwave for 30 more seconds (or until mixture is smooth). T
  • ake out of the microwave and stir in the vanilla.
  • Place the Chex mix in a large heat resistant bowl & pour the hot mixture over top. Stir until evenly coated.
  • Once covered, pour the mix into a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag or a large brown paper sack.
  • Add the powdered sugar & shake until coated.
  • Meanwhile, place the Cadbury Mini Eggs into a 1-gallon resealable bag. Crush with heavy object (rolling pin), until broken. Do not crush to crumbs. Mix the small chunks of Cadbury eggs into the puppy chow mixture.
  • Store in airtight container or resealable bag in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Boston Red Sox Opening Day Celebration

The UMass Dartmouth community will hold a celebration for Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox. Our UMD community will come together in the Campus Center on April 3, 2014 from 4-8 pm. There will even be a an appearance from Wally the Green Monster. There will be free food and novelties, along with a raffle for a pair of game tickets to a Boston Red Sox game. Leading up to this celebration, UMDoneyearstrong bracelets will be sold for $2 in the campus center. All proceeds will be donated to the OneFund.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created National Nutrition Month as a campaign of nutrition education to remind consumers of how important a lifestyle can be. “National Nutrition Month” has a theme of “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” during this March of 2014. Consumer research has proven that taste is the cause of consumers choosing food. Taste outdoes nutrition typically followed by emotional and health factors. As a result, the idea behind this years’ National Nutrition Month is combining good taste with good nutrition. The campaign focuses on making healthy eating habits while maintaining or developing an active lifestyle.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MARDI GRAS started thousands of years ago as a celebration of spring and fertility. Eventually it became a introduction to Lent after religious leaders molded the celebration into their faith. For Christians, Mardi Gras marks the day before Ash Wednesday, leading into 40 days of penance until Easter. Mardi Gras resembles the final day of indulging and feasting before fasting, prayer, and reflection. In French, Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” which is another name we use for this day of overindulgence. For some this means spoiling themselves with fatty, rich foods and well as alcohol one last time before Lent.