Hidden Stories About Food

More than ever, Americans are obsessed with the food on their plates. We watch the Food Network, read blogs and books on farming and foraging, snap pictures of our meals at restaurants, and impose food-rules on ourselves. This course explores some of the stories that food-obsessed Americans often overlook. We will read from the best recent writing on the connections between food and exploration; on the impact eating has had on cultural history; on the current tensions between local and industrial agriculture; on the ecological implications of our diets; and on the relationship between food and personal identity. We will also read on poverty, food insecurity, and hunger. In sampling these stories, we’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the power this most basic of human needs—eating—has on every facet of our existence. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement.

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