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The decision to go “meat-less”

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Today’s society has evolved, and, continuously, individuals are becoming vegetarian and vegan. A vegetarian is an individual who does not consume meat; and a vegan is an individual that does not consume or use any animal products. Animal products include: meat, eggs, dairy, leather, fur and other animal materials that can be consumed or worn. People choose these lifestyles whether it’s for health, religious beliefs or because they don’t believe in the inhumane treatment of animals.

Durant High School senior, Mia Bonilla, has been vegan for about four months. She originally became vegan during her sophomore year of high school; however, Bonilla had a difficult time staying vegan at that time because of the cost of food and the disapproval from her family. She has since transitioned back to a vegan lifestyle and is thankful for the change.

“Choosing to be vegan has had a positive impact on not only my health but the environment and animals,” Bonilla said.

Bonilla talked about how factory farming is a negative factor on the environment. Cows, pigs, chickens and a multitude of other animals are harmed and killed in these factories. In these huge factory farms, animals are tortured and crammed into small spaces next to one another. Due to the conditions these animals are kept in, they are easily injured and rapidly contract diseases. In addition to the harm animals face in these conditions, they produce greenhouse gas emissions from the methane that they create.

To help fight against factory farming, and other industries that rely on animals, organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Cruelty Free International regularly protest and inform people about the way animals are treated.

Durant High School physics teacher, Michael Stone, has been vegetarian for over 10 years. Stone experienced an internal conflict in his life when he was trying to understand why he was eating something that he loved.

“When I was about 20-years-old I had the freedom to start buying my own groceries and I discussed with one of my close friends at the time about my philosophical ideas with eating meat,” Stone said. “My friend discussed going vegetarian together, and from that point on, I stopped eating meat.”

People have many different reasons to change their lifestyles to meat-less, and some may choose to become vegetarian and others may choose to become vegan. Some individuals, like Stone, chose to be vegetarian because it is difficult to understand why one can consume an animal they say they love. Others, like Bonilla, chose their lifestyle for their own health reasons or just to better the environment.

“I’ve had so many animals that were important to me in my life, yet there I was eating them which did not make sense to me,” Stone said.

 

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Celeste Mott, Editor-in-Chief of Communications & Operations

Celeste Mott was a former staffer and former Editor-in-Chief of Communications and Operations for the PawPrint newspaper. Celeste graduated from Durant...

Food waste in America

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America is one of the world’s most economically thriving countries. Even so, many Americans are still food insecure.

According to FeedingAmerica.org, in America, one in eight people are food insecure. This equals almost 40 million adults and over 12 million children. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food to live a healthy happy life.

Recent data from the USDA indicates that about 264 million pounds of excess, edible, and nutritious food are thrown away in all sectors of the food industry every day. That is enough to provide nearly 1.5 tons of food during the year to every man, woman, and child who is hungry in the United States.

Charites such as Waste Not Want Not’s volunteer their time to not only educate the public on the food waste problem but working to fix it. Every day, 363 days a year, the volunteers drive their own cars to these businesses, pick up the donated food, and bring it to a Waste Not Want Not facility. Last year, Waste provided almost two million pounds of food to over 130 charities serving those in need in ten counties. The conservative cost avoidance (the amount they saved by not having to purchase that amount of food) enjoyed by these charities was close to $4,000,000. They rescue unmarketable, but still wholesome, food from supermarkets, restaurants, and other businesses daily. To learn more and see how you can help, visit their website at http://wastenotflorida.com/

Although these businesses play a large part in America’s food waste, we as citizens, are not scotch free. On average each American wastes one pound of food every day. If that doesn’t

make you think, remember that there are 325 million people in America. Now picture the amount of waste produced in a single week, let alone a month.

But even though you may not think so, you personally could make a world of difference. For example, only buy what you need at the store or after dinner at your favorite restaurant, take the left overs home instead of wasting your food and your money.

A small change may seem insignificant now, but just think about a world free of hunger, all because we thought before we threw our food away. You can help solve the problem of food insecurity and excessive food waste by contacting your local government to change waste policies or volunteering with the organizations that work to reduce the food waste and food insecurity.

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Alli Couture is a senior at Durant High School and is Photo Editor for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves anything to do with animals - especially dogs!...

Dark Chocolate is the newest ‘Oreo’ flavor on the market

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Ever since it’s first production in 1912, the “Oreo” has not yet ceased to bring happiness among cookie fanatics everywhere. With it’s classic ‘cookie sandwich’ format, the presumed “milk’s favorite cookie” has made itself marketable to every person with multiple flavors and styles for the preferences of every individual.

Flavors such as “Chocolate,” “Cool Mint,” and “Birthday Cake” are among the most popular types of Oreos to date, and have been readily available since their distribution. As of late December, Nabisco announced that a new “Dark Chocolate” Oreo will start distribution at the beginning of 2019.

The dark chocolate-filled Oreo is an Oreo that replaces the original creme with a new dark chocolate flavored creme that is sure to make lovers of the cookie to crave another bite. As expected, the creme features a slightly bitter taste that will spark the taste buds of every dark chocolate fan.

Those who like the original chocolate-filled Oreo and are eager to taste a slightly more bitter version of the cookie are bound to enjoy their first bite of the new flavored Oreo.

Fortunately, every fan of the dark chocolate flavor will be excited to find out that Nabisco has officially confirmed that the “Dark Chocolate” Oreo will be a permanent flavor to stay on the shelves alongside other popular favorites.

Moving forward, more Oreo surprises are expected to continuously hit stores starting in early 2019.

As featured in another recent announcement from Nabisco, a limited addition flavor of the cookie is already available on store shelves to accompany Valentine’s Day in February. Nabisco pitched the cookie as a ‘sweet and tangy’ Oreo according to their description on the package.

To give these Oreos a taste, find their availability at a local retailer or visit the Oreo company store on amazon.com.

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Preston Jones is a former Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. Preston graduated from Durant in 2019.

Carnival Food

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I’m not much of a stickler when it comes to food. I can hold down mostly anything without any trouble. In fact, one of the reasons I actually attend events such as the Strawberry Festival is for the food itself.

As bad as some foods are, I feel as if an overload of carbs and fat is part of the experience of events such as the Strawberry Festival.

Would I really eat deep fried butter, of all things, for a snack after school? Never.

But would I at a fair? Most likely, I would’ve said yes

. And that’s what’s so interesting about the culture of events like the Strawberry Festival. We choose to indulge in the worst foods one could imagine: deep fried cheesecake, deep fried butter, even deep fried bacon, as if that is some kind of excuse. People will choose to cut carbs or fat almost completely out of their diets, but then choose to stuff their face with funnel cake. This concept never even crossed my mind until I spent my day at the Strawberry Festival.

After ingesting a combination of dust, cigarette smoke, and smoked turkey, I told myself it was that time to treat myself. I sought out a deep fried vendor, sealing my stomach’s fate. A short, older man took my order and went to work on my Oreos. Normally I would feel a form of excitement, but this time was different.

As I watched the Oreos float around in a vat of grease, I couldn’t help but think how bad of an idea this would be. I couldn’t unsee those Oreos floating around in my poor stomach.

The vendor asked me if I would like chocolate on it. I reluctantly agreed. After a few minutes, I had them in my hand. I somewhat remember eating a few, but what I remember very vividly is the way my stomach felt on the way home. My stomach sounded like a blue whale for hours on end. I felt a stabbing pain for quite a while whilst laying in my bed, waiting for it to stop.

That’s when I realized that maybe that was more than enough carnival food. The thing is, though, I’ll probably tell myself, “Eh, what the heck,” and eat them again the next chance I get.

That’s just how it is when it comes to temptations of carnival food.

Strawberry Festival 2018 Offers Fun For The Whole Family

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Mr. Berry entertains children at the festival.

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Mr. Berry entertains children at the festival.

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Plant City, Fla.–The Florida Strawberry Festival has been a staple of Plant City ever since it started back in 1930. The 11 day event has received many large crowds from people all over the state. This year’s festival featured many popular forms of entertainment ranging from it’s ride’s and family attractions to it’s live performances and popular strawberry shortcake.

While many arrangements had been changed to the festival’s original musical lineup, the festival still included various performances by top headliners such as “Gary Allan,” “Justin Moore with Dylan Scott,” “Earth, Wind & Fire,” “Casting Crowns,” and “REBA McENTIRE.” The acts were big for the crowd, and gained a lot of attention from those at the festival.

Guests who wanted to take a more interactive experience took an approach towards the festival’s rides. Over 40 rides were featured at the event including “Tornado,” “Cyclone Coaster,” “Ring of Fire,” and “Moonraker.” On March 1st, guests were able to purchase a wristband, available at the Midway, that granted those who purchased it with the ability to ride most of the rides at the festival. In addition to the ability to ride most of the rides, the wristband also allowed guests to receive one free Polar Pop from any Circle K location.

During the event, many guests were able to experience many other interactive attractions suitable for the entire family. Other activities were held in “The Neighborhood Village,” where guests had the opportunity to take part in contests for a multitude of categories. Some of the contest categories included cake decorating, baking, home decorative items, and jewelry. The festival was a great place for people to show off their skills.

As stated before, the festival’s traditional strawberry shortcake returned to the spotlight for those who wanted to indulge themselves in the popular delicacy. Strawberry shortcake was sold in many areas throughout the festival’s grounds, inviting many other treats for guests to eat.

The “Make Your Own” strawberry shortcake, for example, allowed guests to choose how they wanted their dessert to be made. Other choices were served featuring Plant City’s strawberries as the primary feature. Ranging from the foods such as the original Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake to the off-beat Strawberry Lasagna, there is a food for everyone.

With many different enjoyable options for guests, the 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival drew another success. The festival was truly a place where the community could connect and strawberry lovers could spend time with those they enjoy being around.

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