Can a family afford to buy all their vegetables from a local farm, and should they?


Before moving to Tampa last July, our family had already signed up for a CSA membership at a local farm. CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture and works as an agreement between the farmer and his or her customers. Before the beginning of a growing season, customers pay the farmer in advance, and in turn, throughout […]

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Things I love about doing a PhD in the U.S.


As a foreigner in the U.S., I observe many things through a Finnish/Scandinavian lens, in good and in bad. These are some of things I have come to love about doing a PhD in the U.S.: Diversity is a good thing. I was welcomed here although my background is not in anthropology. The tradition of American anthropology […]

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Sexism is alive and well in the 21st century


Mr Trump’s latest misogynist outburst is no surprise at this stage. His behaviour is not an aberration or the banter of one lost individual, instead it is a logical continuum of sexism and male privilege in our society. We are introduced to sexism the day we are born. When I was younger, I thought of many sexist comments as simply normal […]

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Learning a new language


Rewind to five years ago. I am entering a bar in Helsinki with some friends and we spot a bunch of students in the corner. Come join us, Laura! We are discussing humanism. I freeze because that is a term I do not know well and I think I will have nothing to say. Those at […]

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Dietary advice and lobbyists: the case of sugar


As if dietary recommendations have not been debated enough. Well, the news this week did not bring any relief. An article published in JAMA Internal Medicine tells the story about Big Sugar lobbyists’ influence on dietary recommendations in the U.S. in the 1950s. Put simply, some 50 years ago the sugar industry paid Harvard researchers to produce research […]

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The Dilemma and Difficulty of Being an Aid Worker in Ethiopia (or elsewhere)


You may or may not have noticed, but in Ethiopia a generation is protesting towards the ruling party EPRDF, having been in power since in 1991. These days, Ethiopia is mostly in the news for its booming economy, but in the past weeks, dozens if not hundreds of protesters have been killed in protests in […]

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Tips from professors to graduate students


What if you could ask professors anything about graduate school? Me and my fellow students at an introductory course were given this opportunity earlier this week. We tapped into the wisdom of five professors sitting in front of the classroom, ready to answer our questions. Here goes, from professors to students, things you need to know about […]

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American hunger

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Tampa is my new hometown. It is a city which belongs to the greater Tampa Bay Area, home to roughly 4.5 million people. I am shocked to find out that 700 000 people in this area are food insecure. One in four children and one in six adults have trouble putting food on the table or […]

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First Day of Grad School


Everything in America is bigger, right? My campus is so big that it has its own bus system. You can get lost. I did. That’s how big it is. Yet it wasn’t this aspect of it that I paid attention to during my first day. My first thoughts were: It’s too hot and I’m old. The campus was swarming with […]

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Here We Go


2016, I’ll look back at you one day when I’m old and say: that was the year we moved to Florida! I was thirty years old and happier than ever. I felt the world was in turbulent times. Or was that simply something all generations had in common? A feeling of the world being in worse […]

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