Pg. 57-58 Pratice sesstion 3

Ryan DeLuca

October 12th, 2018

Prompt

 

People who can write articles about a big question and go on for hours, have to be patinate about answering that question. I don’t think you could just be handed a question and try and dig into it with a lot of detail, at least for me any way I wouldn’t be able to be given a question and try and search for the answer. The articles and podcasts we have been working with the past few weeks in class, those were made from a question that the author most likely stumbled apon when he or she was thinking about a particular topic, or the author could have been walking or driving by something that made he/she ask the question that sparked the fire in their eyes to go out and find the answer to the question they just asked them self. What leads these writers to the other questions they ask in their articles is the answers to the other questions. I don’t know about you but every time I ask a question and find the answer that leads me to ask another question, and another question and so on until you have found the answer to the original question. It’s like buying a truck, you find a truck that looks nice on the outside not now you start to ask your-self questions, like is the frame in good condition, then that will leaded you to ask a question about the rocker panels, then you start to ask questions about the drivetrain, and you keep asking questions until you finally answer the grand question, in this case it would be, “Should I buy this truck?”.

The human race is weird, we are all in the same boat but some people can just be real assholes about it. Not everyone is an asshole, some of us actually carry emotion around unlike some people. Over the course of evolution, the human-race has developed emotions that allow us to feel good about ourselves after we take time out of our day to help someone who needs help. This emotion is in everyone single human being, but not everyone uses this emotion, why? I think not everyone uses this emotion because of their up bringing. If they parents taught their child to help those in need then the child will have life-long passion for helping people. If the child was brought up in a privileged house hold where everything was given to him or her then the child will lack the emotion to help those in need because the child has had an easy child hood. Having the ability to see someone who may need help and going out of your way to help them isn’t necessarily all about the upbringing. The child could be brought up in a privileged house hold but the mother might be nurse or caretaker and that may transfer over to the child. Quite frequently I see someone hold the door for someone and then the person that got the door help open for them does the same for the person behind them and the cycle just keeps going until it runs into a miserable person who might be having a bad day.

I think there might be “Secret to success” I think the secret to success would be coming up with an innovative idea during the time that the innovative idea would be helpful to millions of people. The “Secret to Success” is timing. Just think about it, Bill Gates created a billion dollar tech company, Tesla built the first good-looking, long range, and fastest production electric car in the world that no other company has been able to duplicate with the same amount of success. Ford Created an off-road based truck and no other truck manufacturer has come close to beating Fords off-road truck in performance and styling.

Questions I would like to read about are, why does the media feel the need to blow topics out of proportion? There could be a beagle recall and they would call it the beagle epidemic. Another question would be, Why, does apple slow their products down after the new one come out? This doesn’t seem like a smart move, if my phone gets slow after one year of owning it, I’m not getting a phone from that company again.

Habits of a Creative Mind Pg. 57 Prompt

Ryan DeLuca

October 12, 2018

Prompt

 

While I was listening to the “Secrets of Success” on Radio Lab I noticed that Krulwich moved the Disscution into a straight line after he asked started talking about why what month you were born matters in your success. If you were born in a later month such as the last three months of the year, then you were less likely to be successful, but if you were born in the first three months of the year you were more likely to be successful. This is because the kids that were born first got a head start when it comes to academics.

When the Disscution seemed to take a turn was when they brought up Bill Gates and how he was lucky rather than a genius. Bill Gates was born in a small birth group and he was the only one who was programming at the time and at the age he was, Bill Gates was 15 when he started Programming.

There was a point in the Disscution when there was some digression, when the digression happened was when Krulwich asked Gladwell if he was a “Genius hater or a Genius Disliker” after Malcom just got done talking about Bill Gates and his success as well as a mathematicians success. Continuing with digressions, there was multiple other digression such as when Krulwich and Gladwell went from talking about how a father and sons success differed to talking about how a man 5’2” was successful on the basketball team.

Towards the end of the podcast, I was convinced that what month you were born has a lot to do with your success. What Gladwell was saying made sense to me, when you are younger in your schooling class you are at a disadvantage because, you would not have had a head start on your academics as a child that was born earlier in the year.

Drawing Response

Ryan DeLuca

October 5, 2018

Response

On Wednesday Dr. Drown had us draw a picture that he got from the book, Habit of a Creative Mind. This picture was upside down and Dr. Drown wanted us to draw it upside side down in the hopes of us not being able to tell what we were drawing. It is hard to not name what you see in an image, when you see an image of a person it leaning on a table its hard to say that, this person is not leaning on a table because you already know it’s a table the person in the image is leaning on. As I was drawing I was able to tell what I was drawing, but I was trying to not to name what I was drawing. When I was drawing an arm I would try not to name the arm an arm I would try and use my imagination as to what I was writing, I would try and imagine what else it could have been, such as the arm could have been the start of a road, or the arm could have been the start of a chin.

How I would say I see everyday life is, I see everyday life in its immense beauty. Whenever I set foot outside I take a deep breath and look around to take in the beauty of the world. I live in the woods a little bit more than a mile from a busy road, at my house I can really take in the beauty of nature, the beauty of life. When I am sitting taking in the beauty of nature, that is when I am paying the most attention. When I am sitting outside, and I close my eyes, and listen to the birds chirping, leaves waving in the wind, and the squirrels jumping from tree to tree that is when I am being the most attentive to the world around me. While I am working is another example of when I am being very attentive. I work for a wedding venue, I am the grounds keeper, my job is very important, so I have to make sure when I am cutting the that grass that It looks good as well as make sure the flower beds look picture perfect. I also occasionally clean up after each event so that requires my attention as well so I don’t leave any crumbs lying around to attract flies.

 

Self Portrait in Attention

Ryan DeLuca

October 2, 2018

 

In class in Monday my professor told us to draw a picture of our face in correspondence to a read we had done in Habits Of a Creative Mind. My first thoughts while I was drawing my picture were, I’m probably going to be terrible at it, but I’ll give it my best shot. When the time was up and it was time to stop drawing a self-portrait I took a moment to look at it and see how I did, and I didn’t do as bad as I thought but I also didn’t do as good as I thought. What I got right when I was drawing my self-portrait. When I was examining my self-portrait I noticed that I had gotten my hair line fairly accurate as well as my head shape. What I got wrong on my self-portrait. After looking at It in depth I saw that I hadn’t quite gotten the eye right, it looked like an eye I would draw if someone had told me to quickly draw and eye. The nose is another facial detail that I didn’t do very well on, there isn’t much detail when it comes to a nose, I just couldn’t get the curve of the nose just right, and that too looked like something I would draw if someone was to ask me to quickly draw a nose. While I was doing this exercise my professor had obtained from our book, I was thinking what the purpose of this exercise was and it wasn’t until I had actually read the assigned reading that it became clear that is exercise was meant for us students to test our amount of attention.

Office hour Visit

Ryan DeLuca

September 28, 2018

Dr. Drown

Post meeting reflection

The feed-back I received during my meeting was good feed-back. There wasn’t anything that was said that wasn’t helpful, like everything in the world there is always room for improvement. When it comes to my writing process I have scored ok and good on some stuff but there was a couple of the subjects where I need to touch up on, such as writing for an audience, I would need to improve the way I write for an audience, I tend to write as if I they reader is going to know what I am talking about so sometimes I don’t feel the need to put in certain details. Also, sometimes I don’t add in some of the ideas and responses of the writers article I am writing about. I also don’t go into describing what the writer is trying to get across when I use a quote.

In my meeting my professor thought I was “ok” at using specific kinds of work in my writing that use the words of others. There was one that my professor thought I should work on, it was spotlighting. What spotlighting is, you work with an idea finish with that idea and then work with another idea. The second idea that my professor thought I did well on was effectively and responsibly embedding the words of other in my own work. What this means is adding in evidence from the article I have read to in order to get a point across.

Reading process is something that I am kind of in between okay and not yet conveying the skill. One thing that I don’t do all the time is make a connection between what I am reading to something else. Something else that I don’t do all the time or not at all is paying attention to how a writer is writing so I can learn some of the techniques that the writer is using as he or she is writing. While I am reading I underline and make a small comment, but I do not make a small summery of what I have underlined, that is something that I can easily work on. Moving to something else, I do not ask questions while I am reading all the time, when I am reading an article I sometimes do but not all the time, that is another thing I can easily improve I just need to remind myself to do that. If there is one thing I do when I am revising is I will completely revamp the entire paper if need be, when I write the initial first draft its usually very sloppy, so revision is very important.

My expectations about this meeting were met, it went exactly how I thought it was going to go, which was very well. Everything that was said in this meeting was very helpful and very informative. Feedback if very important in learning anything, if you don’t get feedback then how will you know for sure that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, also without feedback you won’t know what you need to work on so you can improve.

 

Re. Animals Place Sept 21, 2018

Ryan DeLuca

Dr. Drown

English 122

September 23, 2018

Endless Conversation

In the article An Animals Place, there is one-person named Michael Pollan and another who wrote a different article Michael Pollan is reading while eating at a Steak House. The author of that article is Peter Singer. Peter is on the side of animal rights and thinks that everyone should stop eating animals altogether. Michael Pollan is reading this article with the mind-set that he is still going to eat meat when he is done with Peters Singers article, Michael Pollen doesn’t know what to think of the article, so he jumps into reading the article with an open mind. Open mind meaning he is open to an unfamiliar perspective that might be portrayed throughout the article. One the ideas of Peter Singers article that I am going to focus on is, weather the happiness or welfare of animals matters.

Michael Pollen started talking about pain and suffering after he read another article about animal’s ability to feel pain and suffering, written by one of Peter Singers allies Daniel C. Dennett, a philosopher, he believes animals contain the ability to feel pain but not all contain the ability to suffer. Daniel C. Dennett compares human’s ability to feel pain and suffering but he says only a few animal’s have enough self-consciousness to know suffering. Michael Pollen goes on to use examples of chickens and pigs because on page twenty at the beginning of paragraph thirty-eight of Michael’s article, Michael says “From what I’ve read, egg and hog operations are the worst.” Continuing his argument by sharing facts from what he has read “And broiler chickens, although they do get their beaks snipped off with a hot knife to keep them from cannibalizing one another under the stress of their confinement, at least don’t spend their eight-week lives in cages too small to ever stretch a wing.” In paragraph thirty-eight Michael him-self writes more about how brutal the chicken industry is, “That fate is reserved for the American laying hen, who passes her brief span piled together with half-dozen other hens in wire cage whose floor a single page of this magazine could carpet.” Michael Pollan has an argument for the egg laying chickens, he thinks they can feel pain and suffrage. Another example he uses to promote his argument is on paragraph thirty-eight “Every natural instinct of this animal is thwarted, leading to a range of behavioral “vices” that can include cannibalizing her cage mates and rubbing her body against the wire mesh until it is featherless and bleeding.” The point Michael is trying make is, maybe chickens have a sense of pain and suffering, maybe chickens aren’t as mindless as society might want you to think.

The pigs don’t have it any better according to Michael Pollan in the article An Animals Place, “piglets are weaned from their mothers 10 days after birth.” This would negatively affect the pig in the following ways, the pig will go through a teething phase that the animal will never grow out of. Michael Pollan writes in his article “This premature weaning leaves pigs with a lifelong craving to suck and chew, a desire they gratify in confinement by biting the tail of the animal in front of them.” This results in infections in the tail and can lead to the sick pigs being, according to Michael “Clubbed to death”. The pigs also develop depression from the way they are treated, in the article Michael uses the term “helplessness” to describe depression in pigs.

The owner of Poly Face Farm seems to think other-wise. Joel Salatin uses his belief in god to justify killing his animals. “People have a soul; animals don’t, it’s a bedrock belief of mine,” Joel goes on and says, “Unlike us, animals are not created in God’s image, so when they die, they just die.” This is a good argument to justify killing a chicken but, if a chicken lives its life on Poly Face Farm like they do, then it is okay to kill the chicken because the chicken was raised with respect and was not abused or mistreated. Joel Salitan has a sustaining eco system, where every animal has a role to play on the farm. The cows eat the grass and create compost, then the chickens spread the compost around and eat the parasites and bugs out of the area and then the sheep come in and eat the newly grown grass. Then the process repeats. One day on Poly Face Farm there was a vegan that showed up looking to change is perspective on eating meat. The man had been a vegan for sixteen years and the only way that he would eat meat again is if he killed the animal him-self. Joel Salatin describes the mans reaction to killing a chicken, “He slit the bird’s throat and watched it die. He saw that the animal did not look at him accusingly, didn’t do a Disney double take. The animal had been treated with respect when it was alive, and he saw that it could also have a respectful death…” The way the animal is treated has a lot to say about the animals death, if the animal wasn’t treated with respect when it was alive then the animal probably won’t have a respectful or peaceful death.

If an animal doesn’t have natural feed, then the animal won’t be happy and produce a good-product. So, the question I asked earlier, does the happiness or welfare matter? I think both matter, I think if an animal isn’t happy with its way of life, that brings down the taste of the animal, it also shortens the animal’s life span. Using chickens as an example, Michael Pollan writes “Whatever you want to call what’s going on in those cages, the 10 percent or so of hens that can’t bear it and simply die is built into the cost of production.” If the chicken was treated better it wouldn’t have died from stress, also it is much more humane to kill animals if they were raised in a natural habitat and treated with respect. On Poly Face Farm, the animals are treated with respect.

 


Sept 19, 2018

Ryan DeLuca

Dr. Drown

Essay

Endless Conversation

In the article An Animals Place, there is one-person named Michael Pollan and another who wrote a different article Michael Pollan is reading while eating at a Steak House. The author of that article is Peter Singer. Peter is on the side of animal rights and thinks that everyone should stop eating animals altogether. Michael Pollan is reading this article with the mind-set that he is still going to eat meat when he is done with Peters Singers article, Michael Pollen doesn’t know what to think of the article, so he jumps into reading the article with an open mind. Open mind meaning he is open to new ideas that might be portrayed throughout the article. One the ideas of Peter Singers article that I am going to focus on is, weather the happiness or welfare of animals matters.

Michael Pollen started talking about pain and suffering after he read another article about animal’s ability to feel pain and suffering, written by one of Peter Singers allies Daniel C. Dennett is a philosopher, he believes animals contain the ability to feel pain but not all contain the ability to suffer. Daniel C. Dennett compares human’s ability to feel pain and suffering but he says only a few animal’s have enough self-consciousness to know suffering. Michael Pollen goes on to use examples of chickens and pigs because on page twenty at the beginning of paragraph thirty-eight of Michael’s article, Michael says “From what I’ve read, egg and hog operations are the worst.” Continuing his argument by sharing facts from what he has read “And broiler chickens, although they do get their beaks snipped off with a hot knife to keep them from cannibalizing one another under the stress of their confinement, at least don’t spend their eight-week lives in cages too small to ever stretch a wing.” In paragraph thirty-eight Michael him-self writes more about how brutal the chicken industry is, “That fate is reserved for the American laying hen, who passes her brief span piled together with half-dozen other hens in wire cage whose floor a single page of this magazine could carpet.” Michael Pollan has an argument for the egg laying chickens, he thinks they can feel pain and suffrage. Another example he uses to promote his argument is on paragraph thirty-eight “Every natural instinct of this animal is thwarted, leading to a range of behavioral “vices” that can include cannibalizing her cage mates and rubbing her body against the wire mesh until it is featherless and bleeding.” The point Michael is trying make is, maybe chickens have a sense of pain and suffering, maybe chickens aren’t as mindless as society might want you to think.

If an animal doesn’t have natural feed, then the animal won’t be happy and produce a good-product. So, the question I asked earlier, does the happiness or welfare matter? I think both matter, I think if an animal isn’t happy with its way of life, that brings down the taste of the animal, it also shortens the animal’s life span. Continuing with chickens, Michael Pollan writes “Whatever you want to call what’s going on in those cages, the 10 percent or so of hens that can’t bear it and simply die is built into the cost of production.” The chickens develop stress and like I said in the previous paragraph the chicken start self-molting and die from it.

The pigs don’t have it any better according to Michael Pollan in the article An Animals Place, “piglets are weaned from their mothers 10 days after birth.” This would negatively affect the pig in the following ways, the pig will go through a teething phase that the animal will never grow out of. Michael Pollan writes in his article “This premature weaning leaves pigs with a lifelong craving to suck and chew, a desire they gratify in confinement by biting the tail of the animal in front of them.” This results in infections in the tail and can lead to the sick pigs being, according to Michael “Clubbed to death”. The pigs also develop depression from the way they are treated, in the article Michael uses the term “helplessness” to describe depression in pigs.

Before I read this article I’ve always thought that these animals should be treated better, even though I knew that these animals were being mistreated I still ate them. I still ate them because I had the thought that they died for a reason. To feed me. I wasn’t going to just let the Steak or chicken sit on my plate and have them die for nothing.

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Sept 17, 2018

Ryan DeLuca

Dr. Drown

Essay

Word Count: 575

Endless Conversation

            In the article An Animals Place, there is one-person named Michel Pollan and another who wrote a different article Michel Pollan is reading while eating at a stake house. The author of that article is Peter Singer. Peter Singer is on the side of animal rights and thinks that everyone should stop eating animals altogether. One aspect of An Animals Place that I would like to discuss is weather the happiness or welfare of animals matters.

If an animal isn’t happy the animal isn’t going to give you a good tasting egg or stake. Also, if an animal is placed in a CAFO filled with chickens that can according to Michel Pollan an America chicken “, who passes her brief span piled together with half-dozen other hens in wire cage whose floor a single page of this magazine could carpet.” A grain fed chicken isn’t going to produce a great tasting egg that is why they must be out roaming the pasture. As said by Joel Salatin “A diet of grubs and grass makes for exceptionally tasty eggs and contented chickens and their nitrogenous manure feeds the pasture.” Not only does the chicken diet make “exceptionally tasty eggs” but the manure from the chicken fertilizes the pasture making the grass grow back “Lush” as Joel put it. This is good for the sheep that come in after the chicken leave the pasture. The sheep eat the new grass along with the weeds that have now grown.

If an animal doesn’t have natural feed then the animal won’t be happy and produce a good-product. So, the question I asked earlier, does the happiness or welfare matter? I think both matter, I think if an animal isn’t happy with its way of life that brings down the taste of the animal, it also shortens the animal’s life span. Let us use a pig for example, in the article it says, “piglets are weaned from their mothers 10 days after birth.” This would negatively affect the pig in the following ways, the pig will go through a teething phase that it will never grow out of. Michel Pollan says in his article “This premature weaning leaves pigs with a lifelong craving to suck and chew, a desire they gratify in confinement by biting the tail of the animal in front of them.” This results in infections in the tail and can lead to the sick pigs being, according to Michel “Clubbed to death”.

Going back to the chickens, the industrial farm chickens when put into their wire cages Pollan says in his article when the hens are put into their wire cages cause the hens “stress” and develop bad behaviors such as “cannibalizing her cage mates and rubbing her body against the wire mesh until it is featherless and bleeding.” Michel also adds, 10 percent of the hens die in these wire cages because they “can’t bear it” he also says the deaths of these 10 percent are “built into the cost of production”.

Before I read this article I’ve always thought that these animals should be treated better, even though I knew that these animals were being mistreated I still ate them. I still ate them because I had the thought that they died for a reason. To feed me. I wasn’t going to just let the stake or chicken sit on my plate and have them die for nothing.

Re. An Animals Place Sept 12, 2018

Ryan DeLuca

Dr. Drown

English 122

September 23, 2018

Endless Conversation

In the article An Animals Place, there is one-person named Michael Pollan and another who wrote a different article Michael Pollan is reading while eating at a Steak House. The author of that article is Peter Singer. Peter is on the side of animal rights and thinks that everyone should stop eating animals altogether. Michael Pollan is reading this article with the mind-set that he is still going to eat meat when he is done with Peters Singers article, Michael Pollen doesn’t know what to think of the article, so he jumps into reading the article with an open mind. Open mind meaning he is open to an unfamiliar perspective that might be portrayed throughout the article. One the ideas of Peter Singers article that I am going to focus on is, weather the happiness or welfare of animals matters.

Michael Pollen started talking about pain and suffering after he read another article about animal’s ability to feel pain and suffering, written by one of Peter Singers allies Daniel C. Dennett, a philosopher, he believes animals contain the ability to feel pain but not all contain the ability to suffer. Daniel C. Dennett compares human’s ability to feel pain and suffering but he says only a few animal’s have enough self-consciousness to know suffering. Michael Pollen goes on to use examples of chickens and pigs because on page twenty at the beginning of paragraph thirty-eight of Michael’s article, Michael says “From what I’ve read, egg and hog operations are the worst.” Continuing his argument by sharing facts from what he has read “And broiler chickens, although they do get their beaks snipped off with a hot knife to keep them from cannibalizing one another under the stress of their confinement, at least don’t spend their eight-week lives in cages too small to ever stretch a wing.” In paragraph thirty-eight Michael him-self writes more about how brutal the chicken industry is, “That fate is reserved for the American laying hen, who passes her brief span piled together with half-dozen other hens in wire cage whose floor a single page of this magazine could carpet.” Michael Pollan has an argument for the egg laying chickens, he thinks they can feel pain and suffrage. Another example he uses to promote his argument is on paragraph thirty-eight “Every natural instinct of this animal is thwarted, leading to a range of behavioral “vices” that can include cannibalizing her cage mates and rubbing her body against the wire mesh until it is featherless and bleeding.” The point Michael is trying make is, maybe chickens have a sense of pain and suffering, maybe chickens aren’t as mindless as society might want you to think.

The pigs don’t have it any better according to Michael Pollan in the article An Animals Place, “piglets are weaned from their mothers 10 days after birth.” This would negatively affect the pig in the following ways, the pig will go through a teething phase that the animal will never grow out of. Michael Pollan writes in his article “This premature weaning leaves pigs with a lifelong craving to suck and chew, a desire they gratify in confinement by biting the tail of the animal in front of them.” This results in infections in the tail and can lead to the sick pigs being, according to Michael “Clubbed to death”. The pigs also develop depression from the way they are treated, in the article Michael uses the term “helplessness” to describe depression in pigs.

The owner of Poly Face Farm seems to think other-wise. Joel Salatin uses his belief in god to justify killing his animals. “People have a soul; animals don’t, it’s a bedrock belief of mine,” Joel goes on and says, “Unlike us, animals are not created in God’s image, so when they die, they just die.” This is a good argument to justify killing a chicken but, if a chicken lives its life on Poly Face Farm like they do, then it is okay to kill the chicken because the chicken was raised with respect and was not abused or mistreated. Joel Salitan has a sustaining eco system, where every animal has a role to play on the farm. The cows eat the grass and create compost, then the chickens spread the compost around and eat the parasites and bugs out of the area and then the sheep come in and eat the newly grown grass. Then the process repeats. One day on Poly Face Farm there was a vegan that showed up looking to change is perspective on eating meat. The man had been a vegan for sixteen years and the only way that he would eat meat again is if he killed the animal him-self. Joel Salatin describes the mans reaction to killing a chicken, “He slit the bird’s throat and watched it die. He saw that the animal did not look at him accusingly, didn’t do a Disney double take. The animal had been treated with respect when it was alive, and he saw that it could also have a respectful death…” The way the animal is treated has a lot to say about the animals death, if the animal wasn’t treated with respect when it was alive then the animal probably won’t have a respectful or peaceful death.

If an animal doesn’t have natural feed, then the animal won’t be happy and produce a good-product. So, the question I asked earlier, does the happiness or welfare matter? I think both matter, I think if an animal isn’t happy with its way of life, that brings down the taste of the animal, it also shortens the animal’s life span. Using chickens as an example, Michael Pollan writes “Whatever you want to call what’s going on in those cages, the 10 percent or so of hens that can’t bear it and simply die is built into the cost of production.” If the chicken was treated better it wouldn’t have died from stress, also it is much more humane to kill animals if they were raised in a natural habitat and treated with respect. On Poly Face Farm, the animals are treated with respect.

Word Count: 1,036

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Ryan DeLuca

Dr. Drown

Essay

Word Count: 575

Endless Conversation

            In the article An Animals Place, there is one-person named Michel Pollan and another who wrote a different article Michel Pollan is reading while eating at a stake house. The author of that article is Peter Singer. Peter Singer is on the side of animal rights and thinks that everyone should stop eating animals altogether. One aspect of An Animals Place that I would like to discuss is weather the happiness or welfare of animals matters.

If an animal isn’t happy the animal isn’t going to give you a good tasting egg or stake. Also, if an animal is placed in a CAFO filled with chickens that can according to Michel Pollan an America chicken “, who passes her brief span piled together with half-dozen other hens in wire cage whose floor a single page of this magazine could carpet.” A grain fed chicken isn’t going to produce a great tasting egg that is why they must be out roaming the pasture. As said by Joel Salatin “A diet of grubs and grass makes for exceptionally tasty eggs and contented chickens and their nitrogenous manure feeds the pasture.” Not only does the chicken diet make “exceptionally tasty eggs” but the manure from the chicken fertilizes the pasture making the grass grow back “Lush” as Joel put it. This is good for the sheep that come in after the chicken leave the pasture. The sheep eat the new grass along with the weeds that have now grown.

If an animal doesn’t have natural feed then the animal won’t be happy and produce a good-product. So, the question I asked earlier, does the happiness or welfare matter? I think both matter, I think if an animal isn’t happy with its way of life that brings down the taste of the animal, it also shortens the animal’s life span. Let us use a pig for example, in the article it says, “piglets are weaned from their mothers 10 days after birth.” This would negatively affect the pig in the following ways, the pig will go through a teething phase that it will never grow out of. Michel Pollan says in his article “This premature weaning leaves pigs with a lifelong craving to suck and chew, a desire they gratify in confinement by biting the tail of the animal in front of them.” This results in infections in the tail and can lead to the sick pigs being, according to Michel “Clubbed to death”.

Going back to the chickens, the industrial farm chickens when put into their wire cages Pollan says in his article when the hens are put into their wire cages cause the hens “stress” and develop bad behaviors such as “cannibalizing her cage mates and rubbing her body against the wire mesh until it is featherless and bleeding.” Michel also adds, 10 percent of the hens die in these wire cages because they “can’t bear it” he also says the deaths of these 10 percent are “built into the cost of production”.

Before I read this article I’ve always thought that these animals should be treated better, even though I knew that these animals were being mistreated I still ate them. I still ate them because I had the thought that they died for a reason. To feed me. I wasn’t going to just let the stake or chicken sit on my plate and have them die for nothing.

Guest Speaker

Ryan DeLuca

September 11, 2018

Guest speaker

The guest speaker that we had in class was very open about his experiences with English 122/123. He shared his experiences as being very eye opening, he said they were very eye opening because they showed him that you’re not going to learn anything if you don’t do your homework. The quest speaker also gave his open opinion on what he thought about the class, most of the class had the same opinion about English as he did, including me. He also added in how helpful and understanding and lenient the professor is in ENG 122 and how the lenience kind of, fades away in ENG 123. The guest speaker gave us some in site of what 123 is all about, I believe he said that it is a little more difficult that 122 because the lenience is lessoned. I can’t remember if he mentioned anything about the writing lab. Our quest speaker was also very open about his college experience in its entirety. He added in that he thought it was hard for him to balance a good study schedule and so sports at the same time and that is something that he ended up learning as his college carrier chugged on. He said that he had gone into college as undeclared and by his sophomore year he had changed his major twice. He asked the class what out majors are and reassured the undeclared students in class that they still have time to choose what they want to do for a major.