Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Syllabus: Food and Food Politics

Reading List:
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
You Can Farm by Joel Salatin
Food Politics by Marion Nestle
"A Mother's Tale" by James Agee
Appetite for Profit by Michele Simon
Paradox of Plenty by Harvey Levenstein
The Real Food Revival by Sherri Brooks Vinton and Ann Clark Espuelas

Our Daily Bread
Chow Hound: School Lunch and Menus
The Future of Food

Field Trip:

Course Objectives:
Tolstoy: vegetarian: think on it. Outline the engagement (division) between consumers, agriculture, food industry standards, the government. Do you know what a farm looks like. Venn Diagram: Monsanto Employees, Both, FDA. Research various food movements: slow food, raw food, vegan diets, organic, biodynamic. How come the World Health Organization disagrees with USDA diet recommendations. Do you have to be an anarchist in order to solve world hunger. Is there a connection between genetically modified food and the rise of food allergies. Is a five hundred pound animal that can't hold itself up really something you want to eat. Taste test: can you live without sugar. What is being done right--Crop to Cup, etc.      

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