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Food Studies: The invisibility of modern hunger

A scene from Rock Center with Brian Williams.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. A couple pulls into a grocery store parking lot at exactly midnight on the first of the month. They are well-dressed and middle-class looking, but their faces are tense. The woman takes out her cell phone and dials a hotline that will report, in an automated voice, the total in their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account. When they hear the voice say, "Your …

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Food Studies: Deconstructing Big Food

Photo: Krystian OlszanskiFood 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. I'm in a food systems class this semester that is focused on the complex way that food moves from farm to plate (which in reality looks something more like from patented seed, to dirt treated with patented fertilizer, to harvesting by undocumented laborers, to processor, to manufacturer, to wholesaler, to a grocery store shelf with a paid stocking fee, to consumer, to plate). So far, our focus has …

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Food Studies: Rethinking obesity, from Chris Christie to Catherine of Siena

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. I don't mean to brag, but this week, I had a particularly awesome reply to the inevitable question about what you actually study in a Food Studies program: "Well, this week, I graphed and analyzed data on organic livestock in New Jersey from 2000 to 2008, read and discussed the history of anorexia nervosa, and styled and photographed an Oktoberfest editorial." Of those three, though, it has been reading …

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Food Studies: Q: How to make a real-world job out of your love for food?

Supermarket need in NYC from Going to Market: New York City’s Neighborhood Grocery Store and Supermarket Shortage. 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. I packed a salad with Jersey white corn, roasted sweet potatoes, and goat's milk feta for lunch on the first day of my second year of graduate school in New York University's Food Studies Program. (Don't we all mark important days with something equally special to eat?) My concentration at NYU is …

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