Long-Form Research Essay

Dominic Mendiola

Martha Rusk

English 214

24 May 2016

Long-Form Research Essay

            Organic foods are the essential way that people in our current culture like to go; it is a way to live a better lifestyle. Organic food is a growing market despite of the high price compared to conventional foods. People these days purchase organic food rather than the traditional food because organic foods have many advantages like better nutrients, fewer pesticides, better for the environment etc. However, there are some disadvantages in Organic foods that people would argue about. But overall in my opinion I believe that organic foods are the essential way to go because they are more beneficial than non-organic foods.

A main reason that many people choose organic foods over non-organic foods is that organic contains fewer pesticides. In the article All You Need to Know the authors state, “Pesticides are chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides. These chemicals are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat”. Now you may be wondering why pesticides are bad for you. Well according to All You Need to Know, “some studies have indicated that the use of pesticides even at low doses can increase the risk of certain cancers, such as leukemia, brain tumors, breast cancer and prostate cancer”. This is a huge reason why many people choose organic foods because why would anybody want to risk the chance of getting cancer, of course it is not guaranteed cancer but knowing that you have a possibility of receiving it gives a reason why organic foods can be better for you. Also according to All You Need to Know, “children and fetuses are most vulnerable to pesticide exposure because their immune systems, bodies, and brains are still developing. Exposure at an early age may cause developmental delays, behavioral disorders, autism, immune system harm, and motor dysfunction”. No one wishes this upon his or her children, and everyday is another day where they risk getting these symptoms because they are eating conventional foods daily. But switching to organic can lower the risk of getting these symptoms, which can be a big factor to any family. This is why organic foods can be more beneficial in your life rather than non-organic foods.

Another reason why organic foods are more beneficial for you is that they contain more nutrients. According to Organic foods are more nutritious, according to review of 343 studies by Monte Morin (covers science and health at the LA Times) states that, “after reviewing 343 studies on the topic, researchers in Europe and the United States concluded that organic crops and organic-crop-based foods contained higher concentrations of antioxidants on average than conventionally grown foods”. This shows that organic grown produce is more beneficial towards your health. Also in the article Are Organic Foods More Nutritious by Steve Meyerowitz, he states, “there is mounting evidence that organically grown foods generate more nutrients and fewer nitrates. In a review of 400 published papers comparing organic and nonorganic foods, Soil Association Certification Ltd. Of the United Kingdom reported that organic crops were higher in essential minerals, phytonutrients, and vitamin C”. Showing that organic foods can produce more vitamins and minerals, giving it another reason why organic foods are more beneficial towards your health.

Organic farming is important for helping out our environment. In Organic Foods: All You Need to Know, it states, “organic farming practices reduce pollution (air, water, soil), conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and small animals as well as people who live close to or work on farms”. As a firm believer of enjoying and helping out Mother Nature, I really thought this point was interesting. Knowing that organic produce is helping out our environment just gives another reason why organic is more beneficial. In Organic Food: Good for You and the Environment by Tandis Bishop, she talks about how, “when you buy organic foods, you do not have to worry because organic farmers follow strict standards to grow the most natural fruits and vegetables. They do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones, antibiotics, sewage sludge, irradiation, or any genetically modified organisms. And organic farming does not destroy top soil and pollute our waters like conventional farming does”.

An advantage that organic foods have over conventional foods is that organic is GMO-free. “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants or animals whose DNA has altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide. GMOs have been linked to increased food allergens and gastro-intestinal problems in humans. Many people think that altering the DNA of a plant or animal can also increase the chances of developing cancer” (All You Need to Know). Every time the word cancer comes up, it usually does not mean a good thing. I do not wish cancer upon anybody but knowing that organic foods can lessen the risk of getting it, is a big reason that organic is better for your health.

Although there are many advantages to organic foods, there are also some disadvantages. In Why Is Organic Food Bad by Michelle Powell-Smith, she talks about the main claim that organic foods are better. And a big point she mentions is that, “Cost is one of the biggest disadvantages or organic foods. Organic farming is more time and labor intensive, and the organic certification process can be costly and difficult”. Which I thought was interesting because before I did not know that organic food cost more than non-organic foods but when the author mentions that, it makes me think. One claim that really stood out to me is when she talked about productivity. She mentions, “Organic farming allows for less productivity per acre of land farmed than conventional industrial farming methods. The increased popularity or organic foods may lead to more large organic farms, with a higher use of fossil fuels and other resources” (Why Is Organic Food Bad). This stood out to me because as a buyer sometimes you want the best productivity; you want to pay for quality of the foods you are eating. She does a good job proving her point, and backing up her claims with factual evidence. It is nice to know about the other side of the topic, which is a reason why some people choose non-organic rather than organic foods.

In conclusion there are a lot of advantages to why people think organic foods are more beneficial than non-organic foods. Main reasons revolving around more nutrients, fewer pesticides, better for the environment etc. Many people never knew the facts around organic foods; hopefully after reading this, you gained some more knowledge about the topic. You can further explain and spread the word now to others if they are ever wondering about organic foods. I know organic foods may not be for everyone, but knowing all the benefits that organic foods have make it difficult to not want to switch. Although, there are some disadvantages to organic, I still believe that organic foods are more beneficial than non-organic foods. What do you think?

 

 

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My Position

Throughout my research of organic foods, I have come to conclusion that organic foods are more beneficial than non-organic foods. Of course there is controversy relating to this topic, but today I will be talking about my stance on this topic. Organic foods are always a topic up for debate because many people believe that organic foods are pointless. But of course, many people do not know the facts. Which is why I believe organic foods are more beneficial than non-organic produce and today I will be giving information about how that is.

For starters organic foods contains fewer pesticides. According to Organic Foods: All You Need to Know by Lawrence Robinson, Jeanne Segal, and Robert Segal, they state that pesticides are, “chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides. These chemicals are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat”. So, what exactly does that have to do with organic produce? Well also according to Robinson, and Segal, “some studies have indicated that the use of pesticides even at low doses can increase the risk of certain cancers, such as leukemia, brain tumors, breast cancer and prostate cancer”. Why would anybody want to risk getting cancer, of course it is not guaranteed cancer but knowing that it is a possibility gives me a reason why organic foods can be better for you.

Robinson and Segal also mention that organic farming is better for the environment. They state, “organic farming practices reduce pollution (air, water, soil), conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and small animals as well as people who live close to or work on farms”. As a firm believer of enjoying and helping out Mother Nature, I really thought this point was interesting. Knowing that organic foods are better for the environment just gives me another reason why organic is more beneficial.

Another important reason that organic foods are more beneficial is that organic food is GMO-free. Robinson and Segal state, “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants or animals whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide. GMOs have been linked to increased food allergens and gastro-intestinal problems in humans. Many people think that altering the DNA of a plant or animal can also increase the chances of developing cancer”. Again going every time the word cancer comes up, that usually means something bad. Although I do not know exactly what increased food allergens and gastro-intestinal problems mean, it probably is a bad thing.

Those are the main reasons I believe that organic foods are more beneficial than non-organic foods. Of course everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, and many people believe vice versa. But giving the readers some information about the topic, hopefully it can give them a different view on the topic. But in my opinion I believe that organic foods are more beneficial than non-organic foods.

Rhetorical Analysis (Part 2)

The text that I am analyzing today is from a site called Live Strong, and the article is called, “Why Is Organic Food Bad” by Michelle Powell-Smith (has been writing professionally for over a decade and has a masters degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia (LiveStrong)). The writer definitely seems interested in writing about this topic, ranging from the tone of the paper to just the overall information she conducted. This topic contradicts my overall main topic, which is, are organic foods healthier than non-organic foods? I really enjoyed reading this article and I thought it was very interesting and gives us another opinion about my topic.

While reading this text I really thought Smith was trying to prove a point, which I thought motivated her to write. By that I mean, everyone thinks that organic foods are healthier but do not know information on why that may not be the case. She gives information saying why organic foods may be bad, which should give readers another point of view on the topic. Once people hear the word organic they automatically think, “Organic is healthier, everyone should eat organic produce,” or something in that area. So, I really thought her motive trying to tell readers that organic produce is bad was very interesting, especially since many people think that organic is always better.

Like I mentioned a lot in the previous paragraph, the author was trying to prove a point that organic foods are bad. The author does a good job on backing up her claims with factual evidence. The main claim is that organic food is bad. A big point she mentions is the cost or organic food. She states, “Cost is one of the biggest disadvantages or organic foods. Organic farming is more time and labor intensive, and the organic certification process can be costly and difficult”. Which I thought was interesting because before I did not know that organic food cost more than non-organic foods but when the author mentions that, it makes me think. One claim that really stood out to me is when she talked about productivity. She mentions, “Organic farming allows for less productivity per acre of land farmed than conventional industrial farming methods. The increased popularity or organic foods may lead to more large organic farms, with a higher use of fossil fuels and other resources”. This stood out to me because as a buyer sometimes you want the best productivity; you want to pay for quality of the foods you are eating.

The author’s audience seems to revolve around teens/adults. The author made the article easy to read by listing out the points, and not making everything confusing. I thought that was very helpful because as a reader I want to find the points right away, and the author made that possible. Her tone of writing was very organized and easy to understand. I really enjoyed reading this authors work, and hope to read more about what she has to say in the future.

 

 

Rhetorical Analysis (Part 1)

The text I am analyzing is from a site called Eating Well, and the article is called “Is Organic Produce Healthier Than Conventional” by Marissa Lippert. For starters the writer seems very interested in writing this article. She gives good points referring to the differences of organic produce vs. non-organic produce. Especially when she gives a point that matters, she backs it up with factual evidence, which makes me want to read more.

I feel like Marissa Lippert wanted to leave the readers with something to think about. Many people do not know the difference between organic foods and non-organic foods so when she refers to organic foods vs. non-organic foods; she wants to leave the audience thinking. By that I mean she wants the audience to know what the differences are, not just that there is a difference. She explains that clearly in this article and it causes the readers to think about the reasons now. It gives the audience a different point of view because if they know the reasons why organic foods may be healthier then they would have a reason to start getting organic produce because they now know what the difference is. People can even argue vice versa talking about they would rather get non-organic produce rather than organic produce.

The author’s main claim is that, “there are at least two good arguments for eating organic: fewer pesticides and more nutrients”. Which is the main reason why many people tend to choose organic foods over non-organic foods. But many people do not know the facts behind fewer pesticides and more nutrients. The author clearly states facts backing up her claim like when she states, “in 2007 a study out of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom reported that organic produce boasted up to 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (including vitamin C, zinc and iron) than its conventional counterparts”. When the author backs up her claim with factual evidence, it gives the author more credibility and the readers become more interested in what the author has to say.

I know that the author is definitely people who are interested in the topic of organic foods. But that does not mean that other people are not reading this article. As a reader the author definitely kept me interested throughout the article. She gives clear facts, and stating her point. But she does not leave it at that; she also gives factual information backing up her points, which causes me to want to learn more about the topic because I know the information is legit. Also, her tone of writing keeps me wanting to read more. It seems like she was interested in writing this topic, which brings in more readers because they do not find it boring. As a reader, I was interested throughout the article, and after I was done reading it, it left me thinking and wanting more.

Stasis Theory

 

My main topic in my blog revolves around organic foods. I have been talking about the main question of are organic foods healthier than non-organic foods. But for this blog post six; I am going to get more in depth of the topic organic foods. I am going to try and find a question that I want to focus on for the rest of the semester. So, by the end of the semester I will be able to write my essay about this topic.

This topic of organic food matter because this has been a topic of controversy lately. Many people think that organic foods are better for your health but do not know how or the facts behind why. Once they know the facts then it is easier to explain why or why not organic foods are healthier. It makes sense because knowing just a little information regarding organic foods; you can always help people wondering about the topic. You may not necessarily care for the topic but being knowledgeable towards the topic can bring you a long way.

 

Fact or Conjecture: Does it exist? Did it happen?

  • Are times changing, do people think organic foods are more appealing to the eye rather than non-organic foods?
  • Just because organic foods give the impression of healthy living, does that make the body want it more?
  • Where did organic foods come from?
  • Who/what started organic foods?

Definition: How can the act or event be defined?

  • Can organic foods be the same as non-organic foods?
  • What exactly are organic foods?
  • What components are in organic foods that make it different from non-organic foods?

Quality: How can the act or event be defined?

  • Are organic foods good for you?
  • Are organic foods bad for you?
  • If we stopped having organic foods in the states, would it make a difference?
  • Which is important organic foods or non-organic foods?
  • Are organic foods healthier than non-organic foods?
  • Is there a way where people can make organic foods taste better?

Policy: What should we do?

  • Should we stop having organic foods?
  • Should we make organic foods more accessible?
  • Should we lower the prices of organic foods?
  • Will the price drop of make people buy organic foods?
  • Should we raise the prices of non-organic foods?

 

 

 

Annotated Bibliography

Dominic Mendiola

Martha Rusk

English 214

Annotated Bibliography

            Organic foods are an interesting topic because not many people know about the facts. A lot of people think that organic foods are better for your health rather than non-organic foods but that is not always the case. These articles down below explain more about what are organic foods, and give information regarding organic/non-organic foods, also some pros and cons for both.

Pros of Organic Foods:

Group, Edward. (2013, September 30). 6 Health Benefits of Eating Organic Food. Global Healing Center. http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/6-health-benefits-of-eating-organic-food/

In this article Dr. Edward Group gives us some basic information about how organic foods are healthier. He gives us six benefits which are, No GMOs, better nutrition, no pesticides or herbicides, higher quality meat and dairy, and better for you conscience. One that really stuck out to me was better nutrition. We all probably know that when we refer to organic foods but do not know the facts. He states, “one study showed that organic fruits and veggies contain 27% more vitamin C, 21.1% more iron, 29.3% more magnesium, 13.6% more phosphorus, and 18% more polyphenols”. Giving us statistical information to help us understand organic produce is another reason to look at this article.

 

Meyerowitz, Steve. Are Organic Foods More Nutritious? Organic Education. http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-46

In this article Meyerowitz talks about the benefits of organic foods but mainly talking about the vitamins and minerals that organic foods contain. Meyerowitz states, “in a review of 400 published papers comparing organic and nonorganic foods, Soil Association Certification Ltd. Of the United Kingdom reported that organic crops were higher in essential minerals, phytonutrients, and vitamin C”. This was interesting because I never really knew about minerals and phytonutrients. I knew about vitamin C but was not very educated about the other topics. This article does a good job explaining what exactly are those things, which makes the topic only stronger because of the factual evidence. But a fact I really enjoyed reading was when Meyerowitz states, “In a 2002 University of Missouri study, chemists were shocked to discover the smaller organically grown oranges delivered 30 percent more vitamin C than the large conventionally grown ones”. This article is definitely for the people who want more in depth factual information regarding the minerals and vitamins in organic foods.

 

Morin, Monte. (2014, July 14). Organic foods are more nutritious, according to review of 343 studies. Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-organic-foods-20140715-story.html

In this article the author talks mainly about the nutritional benefits that organic foods have. Morin states, “conventional foods contained greater concentrations of residual pesticides and the toxic metal cadmium. This shows clearly that organically grown fruits, vegetables and grains deliver tangible nutrition and food safety benefits”. This information definitely makes you think about what you are eating. But the author giving us all this statistical information, it just makes us think more about how organic foods can be more beneficial. The author made the article very simple to understand, so this can definitely be some help for people trying to get information fast, and people who are trying understand the benefits of organic foods.

 

Mosbergen, Dominique. (2014, July 7). Organic Food Has More Antioxidants, Less Pesticide Residue: Study. The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/12/organic-food-study_n_5579174.html

In this article, “Organic Food Has More Antioxidants, Less Pesticide Residue: Study”, Dominique Mobergen discusses about “a new study conducted by researchers at Newcastle University, the researchers said that organic fruits, vegetables, and cereals contain significantly higher concentrations or antioxidants than conventionally grown crops. They added that the organic produce were found to have lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides” (The Huffington Post). Which is showing that is one reason of why organic foods can be healthier.

 

Zuraw, Lydia. (2014, July 15). Study Finds Organic Foods Have More Benefits. Food Safety News. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/07/study-finds-organic-foods-have-more-benefits/#.VufCEYwrLgo

This article is basically like the rest of the articles showing us the benefits of organic foods. But this talks more about the antioxidants, and how “organic foods contain higher levels of it rather than conventionally grown versions” (Food Safety News). Zuraw states, The researchers suggest that switching to eating organic fruit, vegetables and cereals provide consumers 20- to 40-percent more antioxidants, which would be equivalent to eating between one to two extra servings of fruit and vegetables a day”. This is an important fact that many of us would like to know because without much knowledge about antioxidants, and what they are, a little fact like this can change our minds about organic foods.

 

Cons of Organic Foods: 

Cons of Organic Food. Raw Food Diet Magazine. http://www.raw-food-diet-magazine.com/cons-of-organic-food.html

In this article the author just gives us a list of some cons of organic foods. The seven that Raw Food Diet mentions are, price, diversity, small production, certified organic, time constraints, shorter shelf life, and bugs. One that stood out to me was price, the author states that, “organic food usually, if not always, is more expensive than conventionally grown food”. Which was interesting because price can always be an issue if people are on a budget. But the author also states that, “they found that sometimes the higher cost is only pennies higher”. I also thought that the shorter shelf life was a simple one. Many people like to keep foods sitting around but the author states, “to get the freshest organic food possible, buy locally from a organic farmer and plan to use your food in a few days”. Although, the pros outweigh the cons on organic foods, there will always be controversy discussing the topic.

 

Powell-Smith, Michelle. (2015, May 14). Why Is Organic Food Bad? Live Strong. http://www.livestrong.com/article/154006-why-is-organic-food-bad/

In this article the author talks about how organic foods can be a burden. The author just gives us a list, and makes it very easy to understand because she writes a sub topic then gives us information about the topic. Topics like cost, productivity, time and skill etc. My favorite topic was when the author talked about spoilage because she talked about information that I did not know about. For example, she states, “Organics are not treated with preservatives, waxes or other chemicals. This may reduce their shelf life and allow for faster spoilage”. I am a person that usually leaves a lot of my foods out for a while, and if I am a buyer, knowing that organic foods can spoil faster makes me think if organic foods are the way to go. So, this article was very interesting giving us interesting information that makes us second guess organic foods.

 

Smith, Doug. (2013, March 19). Eating Organic may be Harmful-The Truth Behind Organic Produce. Elephant Journal. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/03/eating-organic-may-be-harmful-the-truth-behind-organic-produce-doug-smith/

In this article Doug Smith just gives his side of why organic foods may be harmful. Smith states, “just because it is a “natural” pesticide, that does not necessarily mean it is better or even good for you at all”. Smith also states that, “the EPA and USDA have conducted many studies over the last few decades showing synthetically used pesticides, or any chemical for that matter, are seriously carcinogenic- a little more than 50 percent of them. A carcinogen leads to a high susceptibility for cancer creation within the human body”. Hearing the word cancer can frighten anybody, and knowing that it is a possibility to receive it from organic foods makes you wonder, are organic foods actually better for your health?

 

Topics talking about Organic Foods in general:

Robinson, Lawrence. Segal, Jeanne. Segal, Robert. Organic Foods: All You Need to Know. Help Guide. http://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/organic-foods.htm

In this article the authors give general information that people wonder about pertaining to organic foods. The authors talk about some of the benefits, but also talk about some controversy. Some benefits they mention are, “Organic foods contains fewer pesticides, organic food is often fresher, organic food is GMO free, etc”. I found this article very useful because there was a lot of information that was in this article that I have not seen in other articles. I like how the authors gave like subtopics relating to the main topics. For example, when they talk about how organic foods have fewer pesticides, they give information about the possible risk of pesticides, like how it can “increase risk of certain cancers, children and fetuses are most vulnerable, etc”. This article was very useful, and taught me a lot about information regarding organic foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple Perspectives?

For the most part traveling around the world has always been something I have wanted to do. Not just traveling to a different state/country for a week or two, I am talking long term like a couple months, or even a year. I have always been interested in travel ever since middle school. I enjoyed being outdoors, and experiencing new places that were different to me. For example, when I first went to Lake Tahoe, I enjoyed the snow so much, and become so excited when I see the mountains and the beautiful views. I found joy in all of that, and it makes me happy. Now I am here in college still feeling the exact same way and wanting to experience new places. But the only way to do that is to travel. Although, I do believe that traveling around the world will be worth it, while doing some research I found articles that kind of made me revaluate if traveling is really worth it.

In the article “Is traveling a waste of money”, the writers have a debate answering the question is traveling a waste of money. Sixty-Four percent of the poll says yes, and thirty-six say no; explaining their reasons. According to one of the writers, he/she states “Traveling is a waste of resources”. When they say that, they are talking about the amount of money spent to travel. Which made me wonder if traveling can be worth it. Money does not grow on trees, and can be very difficult to get while traveling. So, I can understand why they say it is a waste because the money can go to more important things that can help your future. Like investing, helping out family/friends in need, or even helping your community with that money. So, I can see where they are coming from because I understand that money can be very valuable.

Another writer discusses about “Self Indulgent Tourism is a Worthless Curiosity” talking about how there are two types of travel. “Tourism (Flying somewhere, taking a picture, having a beer, then flying home), and the people who “travel abroad for a long term assignment (Soaking in a culture, trying to learn different customs and languages)”. Now this can be two sides of the story because in my opinion tourism is cool but that may not be worth it if we are talking about money and time. But on the other hand traveling abroad, and soaking in other cultures is something that is worth every penny. It is difficult to think about the question is traveling worth it, when there are so many reason that make you think otherwise.

Is traveling worth it?!

The topic of traveling is definitely a very broad topic, and there is a lot to talk about within this topic. But everyone wants to know the basic question of, in general is traveling worth it? There are two types of people when we are talking about this question, it is very simple, the people who say, “Yes, traveling is worth it”, and others who say, “No, traveling is not worth it”. In my opinion I believe that traveling can for sure be worth it depending on your circumstances.

In the article “10 reasons why travel is a waste of time”, by Andy Jarosz (A freelance travel writer), he talks about a few reasons about why traveling is a waste of time, and the main reasons I thought that were most interesting but true were, “Travel is expensive and It’s just too much hassle”. I one hundred percent agree that traveling can be very expensive. A hundred dollars will not get you anywhere; even thousands can be hard to budget while traveling. We have to remember that you need to pay for flights, places to stay, food, activities, transportation, etc. Although, there are alternate ways that are considerably cheaper when talking about flights, transportation, places, etc, in general traveling can still be very expensive, and many people cannot afford it. Also, traveling can be such a hassle. Jarosz states, “It’s just too much hassle. Airport security, ash clouds, changing money, passports and visas; even thinking about all that’s involved is enough to cause stress. Where’s the hassle in staying home”? I can sort of relate to this quote because there is no hassle at home. When I went to Hawaii in the summer of 2015, it was very stressful, and sometimes made me wish I were home. Like when we went through airport security and we had to throw some belongings away, delayed flights, missing luggages, transportation, it was so stressful but in my opinion definitely worth the trip.

According to myself, I say that traveling is worth it if that is what you want to do in life. You cannot just say, “I am going to quit my job today because I want to travel”. You need to actually take into consideration what you are getting yourself into. My view in life is to learn and experience which is the two main reasons why I think that traveling can be worth it. You live life to learn, make yourself knowledgeable to what is around you. Learning about different cultures, and places/people around the world is definitely something. Also experiencing everything in front of you. For example, we see the wonders of the world on the Internet, and books but experiencing it first hand can be life changing. Think about it, there is a world out there; a world full of learning and experiences. But the only way to fully understand what I mean is to go out there and enjoy the big things in life, like the Great Wall of China, or even the Christ Redeemer, something different from the Golden Gate Bridge!

What’s buzzing?

I do not know about you but I hear a lot of stories about weird phenomenons that happen throughout the year. Despite it being the latest buzz or just an occurrence, they will always catch my attention. Even something small like a waterfall at a National Park. While searching around through the Internet I found an interesting article, which at first glance caught my attention and made me want to read more about it. In the article, ‘Firefall’ mesmerizing at Yosemite National Park in California by Amanda Jackson (an Associate Producer at CNN who writes about trending topic on Social media), discusses about a waterfall in Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park that looks like lava falling down a cliff. Ranger Ashley Mayer states that, “It’s the way the sun happens to hit that causes the waterfall to glow in such way” (Jackson). An occurrence like this that only happens for a few weeks once a year is definitely something to keep an eye on.

Although this type of information may not suit everybody, if you are someone who travels or is a photographer, this can be a perfect opportunity to see something beautiful. Jackson states, “In late February, you’ll often see rows of photographers of all levels there catching the last rays of light in the evening” (CNN). So, if you are a photographer you better be ready for some company because you will not be alone taking pictures of this rare sighting. Jackson also talks about that in the Yosemite Park Website they “suggest that the most frequent shot view is at the El Captain picnic area of the park, in central California” (CNN). One of the photographers Sangeeta Dey said, “When the fall started glowing, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, for 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle” (Jackson).

I know for a fact that I will not be one to see this spectacular view in person but if I had the chance I definitely would head out to Yosemite National Park as soon as possible. I know not everybody is a photographer, and takes photographs as a living. As I mentioned earlier if you are someone that likes to go on spectacular adventures and loves to travel, this would be the perfect opportunity. But if you plan on seeing this phenomenon, you better pack up your bags and get on the road because the month is almost over and this view will disappear fast. In my opinion life is too short to not see something this beautiful once a year. I know everybody is going to say that “we have next year”, but how about if the ‘Firefall’ somehow does not show up next year, then what? I may indicate that some people may not have the funds to see this but when the opportunity presents itself, it is definitely a bucket list type of activity! Now if you have the time and funds to check this experience out, then I totally suggest that you do!

Topic Proposal

 

During my high school and college years I have always tried to find something that truly interests me. A hobby that can keep me interested for a while is hard to find. I have done a lot throughout my years; wrestled for high school, played instruments, basketball, video games, etc but none of them truly kept my interest. Do not get me wrong, I still love to do a lot of these things, but I cannot see myself doing these activities in the future. Something I can see myself possibly doing in the future and something that truly interests me is traveling. Many people think traveling is just a vacation going somewhere not home, but for me traveling is much more, there is so much to learn about traveling. For example, I want to learn about traveling on a budget, exotic places, the cultures in different countries, and many more. Traveling is something that I would possibly want to do as a career, although I do not know how I would do that, I will continue to learn about the art of travel and maybe one day travel as a career.

Traveling is something that brings a big smile to my face. During my summer of 2015, it was my first time riding a plane and actually traveling. I have been out of state but only to Nevada, Oregon and Arizona, which is still fairly close to California. But in the summer I went to Hawaii. From the ride to the airport, to arriving in Hawaii, I had so many butterflies realizing that I get to live in Hawaii for two weeks. During the time I was in Hawaii, I have never been happier in my life and that is a fact. I loved exploring the different places, loved the time difference, meeting some locals, the authentic Hawaiian food, it was amazing. This is just Hawaii and still considered a U.S. state. I want to travel to different countries, and live life out there. This is just another back-story why I have such an interest in this topic.

I am not a pro on the topic of travel and that is why throughout this blog series I will learn more than I would of known. But for a fact I know that traveling is not cheap. You cannot just book a plane and go somewhere around the world for a couple of dollars. I know there are not a lot of careers that let you travel for a living. There is so much to learn about this topic. Questions I may have are, what are some different ways to travel, like using cars/vans/buses, to travel across the states. Using planes to travel across the world, which flights are more affordable? Couch surfing, staying at other peoples places for a short period of time, how to do that? Backpacking, how to/what is backpacking? Where should I travel too, what should I see? Should I travel solo or in a group? What to bring when you travel? How to save for traveling/ budgeting money? How to travel with no money? How to travel for a living, possible careers for traveling? So many questions to be answered, and so much to learn about.

Now days a lot of people are traveling. There are credible sources out there that you can use; you just have to research the right information. There are many articles of experienced travelers, talking about their experience and teaching us a lot about traveling. Many blogs out there are talking about traveling. Although, you many not find a lot of academic sources that you can use, there are some out there.

Everybody is entitled to there own opinion, and there can be issues within the topic of traveling. For example, people may argue that traveling is not for everyone. People can have their own opinion about how travel costs too much, and we can spend that money on more important issues. But like I said everyone has his or her own opinion. I feel people should care about this topic because if it is not you, it may be a family member that wants to travel but does not know how. You can be a big help to them and teach them many things about traveling, that I will be writing about in this blog series.

The art of traveling is such a masterpiece, and there is so much to learn. It does not take a day to travel, you will need to work hard and dedicate yourself to travel if this is something you really want to do. Traveling is such an interesting topic, and it will always keep me interested. Although it will be a struggle to learn about everything travel related, it would be worth all the time I spent learning about traveling and educating myself on the topic.