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Interdisciplinary Food Studies Resources

Here is a list of online resources for faculty interested in teaching about issues related to food. Many of these resources lend themselves well to interdisciplinary approaches to understanding food.

Marion Nestle's "Food Politics" Blog

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003. She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She blogs daily about a wide variety of food and nutrition topics. Many of her blogs engage both with current science and policy making.

The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

A New York Times article that tackles the science, politics, and myths behind gluten-free diets.

Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests

The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and vegetables means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry. This is a great, current (Summer 2016) article discussing food waste, particularly in the context of fruits and vegetables. It's also a good opportunity to discuss the myriad ways anthropogenic climate change happens (i.e., not just driving cars or generating electricity).

Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods.

This is an interesting article to explore the public uptake of pseudoscience, which occurs in both political parties.

The Misleading War on GMOs: The Food Is Safe. The Rhetoric Is Dangerous.

A significant portion of the American public believes that GMOs are unsafe and dangerous. This article leverages scientific evidence to counter these claims. It would be great paired with an article taking an anti-GMO stance, particularly one that discusses concerns about GMO agriculture practices (pesticides, herbicides, monocultures, and patents).

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Waste (HBO)

Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat.


The following modules span topics from field to plate, emphasizing the relationships between food, public health, equity and the environment. The material is focused on issues in the U.S. food system but also touches on some of their global implications. Though we suggest teaching the modules sequentially, they can be used in any order, either independently or as part of a series. The sequence of modules roughly follows the food supply chain from field to plate. Read more about the curriculum.

Patagonia short film highlights role that food plays in solving environmental issues

Unbroken Ground is a short film that examines some of the areas of agriculture that have, and will, change our relationship with both the land and the oceans, and explores the stories of four groups that are pioneering change through regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, restorative fishing, and diversified crop development.

Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?

The author Eve Turow argues that a generation’s taste for natural ingredients will shape the future of restaurants, grocery stores, and agriculture.

Eating with Strangers: Bringing an Anthropological Perspective to the Table

An interesting blog post that explores how students respond to a course that explores the relationship between culture, emotion, and feeling, and eating. The post also touches on the value of a liberal arts education, which is relevant to our students.

Summary: The anthropologies food issue continues! Up next we have an essay from cultural anthropologist Christy Shields-Argelès, whose current research focuses on the tasting practices of Comté cheese producers in the Jura mountains of eastern France.  She is an assistant professor in the Global Communications department of the American University of Paris.  You can reach her at cshields AT aup dot edu –R.A.