Patrick Dotson said many of the affected workers live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to provide food for their families. “It’s a great turnout,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “We’re really thankful people are coming, the word is spreading and people are getting the help they need.” About 4.5 million tourists from around the world visit the Grand Canyon each year, pouring an estimated $1.3 million a day into nearby communities. The National Park Service said 2,200 federal and private employees who work in the park are on furlough and that the park will remain closed until the government reopens. “It’s definitely going to affect my paycheck,” said Louise Mendoza, a hotel room inspector who picked up a box of nonperishable food at the local fire station. “It’s really hard because we have only a few to do every day, and the hours are short.” For a brief time Tuesday, about 50 people crowded around the entrance sign to Grand Canyon National Park while helicopters hovered overhead carrying passengers over the massive gorge. Business leaders and community members organized a “fed up with the feds” protest to highlight the economic crisis they said they’re facing. Waving picket signs reading, “America is better than this,” “tear down the Barack-cades” and “Does Obama care?,” protesters met with park superintendent Dave Uberuaga, who told the crowd that only Congress had the authority to open the gate, the Grand Canyon News reported. “I think the public needs the opportunity to let people know how they’re feeling and I want to accommodate this best I can,” Uberuaga said. “I’m doing everything in my control to facilitate what decisions need to be made, but at this time, the answer is, ‘we can’t open until we get appropriations.'” Few services are available at the Grand Canyon and in the nearby town of Tusayan. The companies in town stake their business on access to the Grand Canyon. Becky Shearer, who manages a lodge in Tusayan, said she kept about 10 employees on during the first week of the shutdown but will be closing the 20-room lodge. The state highway into Tusayan is now a dead-end street with everyone but park employees and residents of Grand Canyon Village being turned away.
MMLocal works with farmers to buy excess seasonal produce and pairs it with delicious recipes, offering an array of tasty, local and seasonal value-added products that can be enjoyed all year long. My conversations in Denver exposed me to various business solutions to promote healthy food and add value to farm surplus. After Colorado we made our way to Omaha, a city emblematic of the midwest: large grain silos and wind turbines passed my train car window welcoming me to America’s agricultural heartland. My first meeting was at a pay-as-you-can restaurant named Table Grace Cafe where I convened partners including owner Matt Weber and urban farmers from Big Muddy Farm and anti-hunger activists from No More Empty Pots . Table Grace Cafe offers meals on a sliding scale made with food from Whole Foods that would have otherwise been tossed out. Together we discussed the opportunities around improving the food system, including community supported agriculture and social mission driven restaurants. Soon nutrition researcher Courtney Pinard from The University of Nebraska met up to join me on my to visit to Dr. David J. Hibler’s Community Produce Rescue . Dr. D, as he prefers to be called, picks up unsellable produce from groceries and distributes it to community agencies serving those in need.
You don’t want that taste experience anymore.” Researchers asked 232 people to rate pictures of food based on how appetizing it looked. Half of the participants looked at 60 pictures of sweet foods like cake, truffles and chocolates. The other half looked at salty treats like chips, pretzels and French fries. Subjects finished off their experiments by eating peanuts, which is a salty food. They were then asked how they would rate the peanuts they just finished. New findings on junk food photos The people who looked at the salty foods enjoyed the peanuts less than those who didn’t, even though they didn’t see actual pictures of peanuts. The researchers believed that because they had looked at so many salty delicious foods, the subjects had satisfied their appetite for those types of foods. The authors believe that the more pictures of a certain type of food a person looks at, the less tasty that food will be when they actually get to eating. They said surfing food pictures might be a good tip for dieters. “If you want to enjoy your food consumption experience, avoid looking at too many pictures of food,” study co-author Jeff Larson, a marketing professor at Brigham Young University’s Marriot School of Management, said in a press release. “Even I felt a little sick to my stomach during the study after looking at all the sweet pictures we had.” However, the researchers pointed out the effect was only pronounced if you looked at lots of food pictures. So, unless everyone you follow on Instagram is a foodie, you’re probably safe. “You do have to look at a decent number of pictures to get these effects,” Elder said. “It’s not like if you look at something two or three times you’ll get that satiated effect.” The study was published on Oct. 3 in the Journal of Consumer Psychology .