Writing Reflections: Cutting Back the Forest

This week, I had the pleasure to contribute to Nursing Clio‘s “Bites of History” section.  For those unaware, Nursing Clio is a collaborative academic blog that has gained a great bit of traction in the academic world.  It is a site for innovative academic writing and for bite-sized (pun totally intended) blog posts engaged withContinue reading “Writing Reflections: Cutting Back the Forest”

Applying human rights to food animal bodies: A problem of perspective?

A few weeks ago, I received this Facebook message from a good friend of mine: “I saw a video about dairy industries, I knew [about] most things, but they are horrible… I sent it to you just if you want to talk about some of them some time… you are the person who know[s] moreContinue reading “Applying human rights to food animal bodies: A problem of perspective?”

Milk Mustache Misconceptions

Satire can be a fun way to express the contradictions, controversies, and disturbing intricacies of our political culture.  I consider myself to be fan of satire, and The Simpsons one among my favorite cartoons poking fun at contemporary issues.  However, their most recent episode “Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles” (aired 1/10/2016) left me uneasy.  Based looselyContinue reading “Milk Mustache Misconceptions”

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 toContinue reading “Pizza Pollution”

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 acrossContinue reading “Following Food”