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Food Studies: Creating historical records for the future

Food Studies features the voices of volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here. Photo: Library of Congress I have always had an impulse to record my world. Hand-written letters are my favorite birthday present (for myself and others). My emails go on and on, full of emotion and detail. I jot descriptions of everything happening around me whenever I find myself sitting still with a few minutes to spare. I've felt this need since I was a kid, but the intent behind it …

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Food Studies: Thanksgiving marked the seasons in a post-seasonal world

Food Studies features the voices of volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here. In A still from The Miracle of the Can.The Miracle of the Can, a 1956 promotional video for the American Can Company, a husky-voiced narrator observes, "The time for reaping is so very short. That perhaps is why man has always made so much of harvest, made it a time of festival or prayer, for he knows his life depends on swiftly gathering in the bounty nature gives him." In …

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Food Studies: College students plant seeds of change

Food Studies features the voices of volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here. Photo: Anna ZeideIf you've ever visited the University of Wisconsin, you've probably eaten some Babcock ice cream, perhaps while enjoying a sunset on the Terrace. It's just one of those things that people do. But last week, some of the students in the food ethics class I student-teach began to ask questions about how Babcock ice cream is produced -- whether it's organic, how many processed ingredients it includes, if …

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Food Studies: Canvolution!

Photo: Anna ZeideFood Studies features the voices of 11 volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here. You've probably already noticed it, but, just in case, I'm here to tell you that home-canned food is hip again. If you don't believe me, look around: your hardware store is advertising sales on big enamel pots and jar lid lifters, and your friends are stocking their pantry shelves with those beautiful glass jars, this one filled with shimmering red strawberry jam, that one with long green …

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Food Studies: It all began with spam

Royce's SPAM collection. Food Studies features the voices of 11 volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here. In the 10th grade, I took a speech class. We were asked to write speeches of the following varieties: persuasive, informative, ceremonial, and instructional. We were free to choose the topics. When it came time to write my "informative" speech, I chose to write it on the history of Spam. This was the 1990s, before "spam" referred to the unwanted messages in your email inbox. Instead, …

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