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Food habits in the Philippines and in the USA; by Pinky Cupino and Kristie Bliss

Differences and similarities throughout the world

Delphine Leroux-Astier

28 May 2008



Presentations by Pinky Cupino, Director of the Center for Positive Futures – Manila - and Kristie Bliss, Cortland Junior-Senior High School Principal



Our guests reacted to the students presentations. Pinky Cupino

Food habits in the Philippines

Is it true that Filipino people eat with their hands ?

Upland (Mountains) and Lowland (Flats) communities Upland: Most do not eat rice; eat bananas, root crops (sweet potato), corn so don’t need spoon and fork ; none are obese ; very strong ; no McDonalds Lowland (80% of people) eat rice three times a day, unless if they can’t afford it – eat rice once a day and cheap, non-nutritious noodles; for 90% of those eating rice, eat with spoon and fork. Minority of farmers prefer to eat with hands because can eat a lot; rich families also use fork and knife, instead of spoon.

About GMOs, organic farming, pesticides

Only a few people have heard about it, and it is those who are educated. There is a newborn movement against GMO and pesticides.

Kristie Bliss

Why do people eat unhealthy food ? it is an economic issue ...

The way people eat is very dependent on economics. Many years ago there were small farms in the USA and it was all organic. As the United States became wealthier (in general), consumers wanted to ignore seasons and local products, also wanted to eat more meat which means started growing more corn and using altered grains. Now people are starting to understand that this is unhealthy; these new food habits are creating a gap between the wealthy (who eat well) and the poor (who eat badly) Along with economics, in middle-class families, two parents work, sometimes more than one job, so they don’t have time to cook. There is a growing movement to have herbal medicines or acupuncture, but it isn’t the majority : it’s the wealthy and highly educated.

Through the various testimonies we have collected and research work the students have made, we can notice that in all three countries the way of eating is also related to the purchasing power of the people : despite the many differences between the three countries, whether in the USA, the Philippines or France , it is the wealthy people who have access to a well balanced and healhy food .

Second Presentation by Pinky Cupino

Two PowerPoints presenting her school and the Youth Festival.

Second Presentation by Kristie Bliss

Talked about how the work that Cortland students did for the GCI project showed them that what we do at the community-level has an effect on the world and the world also has an effect on our communities We are all different and yet, the world over, we have many similarities : dress the same, except for falling pants ; same hand gestures ; You are our leaders – we could have a better future if we continue to work together We are hoping to expand so as to have classrooms around the world. Talks about day and class structure and extra-curricular activities: art, drama, music, sports. Talks about different types of sports : soccer, (American) football, cross country, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse, track and field. Cortland School also has a swim team and bowling team, tennis that is male and female. For females : cross country, track, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball. Creative writing has become very popular : songs, poems et cetera Talks about maple syrup and maple cream that are specialties form Cortland.