• Josh Flint

    Consumers Got Exactly What They Asked For

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 27, 2012

    Last week, I picked up a new book – An Economist Gets Lunch by Tyler Cowen. The blurb promised a refreshing look at mainstream food production and the foodie revolution through the eyes of an economist. I was intrigued. I haven’t yet finished the book, but, thus far, I’m impressed. In the early pages, Cowen admonishes the naysayers of modern ag production. Sure, McDonald’s, Hungry-Man and Spam are examples of low-nutrition, mass-produced food that is made possible via…

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    I'm Out To Prove Conventional Food Is Healthy

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 18, 2012

    Two weeks ago, the wife and I started a new diet together. The basic premise is you eat super healthy for six days. On the seventh day, you can eat whatever you want. Thus far, we've both seen promising results. I'm averaging about five pounds a week. Of course, we're also working out at least four times a week. When I say healthy, I mean oatmeal for breakfast. Then we have a small lunch, such as a sandwich, hold the mayo, with a side of fresh veggies. A lot of days I'll eat a left…

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    Video Provides An Inside Look At a Chinese iPad Factory

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 13, 2012

    When your teenager complains about making minimum wage this summer, have them sit down and watch this video. Even better, have them watch it on their iPad. It's an inside look at a Chinese factory cranking out the best-selling tablet. Yep, you heard right, these Chinese workers earn $14 per day! If they work hard, they can double their salary in a couple years. No word on how many hours they typically work. If they put in 8-hour days (which I doubt), that comes out to $3.50/hour for veterans…

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    Grass Vs. Grain Fed Beef Discussion Turns Ugly

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 6, 2012

    I don’t know about you, but when I see the commercials about malnourished children in Africa, my heart breaks. Apparently, not all folks feel the same way. Last weekend, I was on a “survival skills” weekend. To say the crowd was environmentally conscious would be an understatement. Of course, the campfire topic of conversation frequently turned to food. I was there to have a good time, so I tried to stay silent. On the second day, my buddy thought it would be humorous to…

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