Farm Show Features Families: Both human and animal

Livestock shows have provided an opportunity for farmers to come together and appreciate their shared knowledge of animals since the 18th century.  Though arguably initially organized to promote ideals held about animals by the aristocracy, particularly in England, by the end of the 19th century shows were spaces where ordinary farmers could trade information about … Continue reading Farm Show Features Families: Both human and animal

Pizza Pollution

What if your dietary habits were negatively affecting the environment?  Would you change what you ate on a day to day basis for the sake of climate change?  To combat deforestation?  Reduce energy use as well as air and water pollution?  This is certainly the rationale for many of my friends who have chosen to … Continue reading Pizza Pollution

Managing Microbes

New year, new resolutions.  If weight loss is on your list – scholars are encouraging humans to think more about the microscopic creatures living inside them.  This is particularly the case with an audiobook I have been running to for the past few days by Tim Spector, titled The Diet Myth (2015).  Published this past … Continue reading Managing Microbes

Following Food

It is a somber feeling to start this blog the week of Sidney Mintz‘s passing – one of the leading scholars in food studies.  His book Sweetness and Power (1986) introduced me to the possibilities of writing comprehensive histories about food in ways that show how a commodity can be understood differently over time and across … Continue reading Following Food