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RU_SOC 3325 - Sociology of Food and Nutrition

Story of Food assignment

Part A.  (all items are required)

1. Importance of product and connection to themes and specific information in the class- Why did you choose this food item? What personal do connection do you have with it? How do your findings connect to other themes we have learned about related to food and society in the class? Please specifically refer to particular readings or lessons we learned in class

2. Interactive Component-Questions for audience- (see “written requirements” in your syllabus for full description. (6 questions for written /1 question for oral)

3. Consumption- Why and how has this product been consumed? Has this changed over time?

4. History/Origins-What are the cultural origins and significance of your food item? What are the basic components that make up your item? Where did the raw product originate botanically? Where is the majority of this raw food produced today?

5. Labor- Who has cultivated and harvested it historically? How is it cultivated and harvested currently (mechanical and/or human labor [farmer versus hired (seasonal vs. permanent)]? What kind of scale of operation is typical today?

6. Ecological Impact-What kind of ecological impact has the cultivation, harvesting, transportation, and/or processing of this item had?


Part B: Choose at least two items to include.

7. Transport- How was it generally transported from field to table? Has this changed over time?

8. Marketing and Processing- How has it been processed and marketed in general? How has this impacted public opinion of the food item?

9. Nutritional Impact – What kind of nutritional content does the raw product contain and/or final product contain? Is this information contested in the literature?

10. Alternatives –Discussion of alternatives as applicable (e.g. industrial versus “alternative” (e.g. organic, fair trade, local, sustainable, eco-friendly, etc.)

11. Societal Issues- How has this food item shaped the cultural and political landscape or how has the food item been shaped by the cultural and political landscape?