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Monday, August 31, 2009
Taking a look at Food
As I learn about rural sociology, today's agricultural system, how we are implicated in it and have the power to mold it, I'd like to share snippets of interesting information with you. The first comes from a reading for my Today's Agrarian Question class:
"For us humans, then eating is never a 'purely biological' activity...The foods eaten have histories associated with the pasts of those who eat them; the techniques employed to find, process, prepare, serve and consume the foods are all culturally variable, with the histories of their own. Nor is the food simply eaten; its consumption is always conditioned by meaning. These meanings are symbolic...they also have histories." Mintz 1996.
This is why I love food so much!