Tomatoes and Slavery…. Wait what?

by Greer Gregory It’s easy to get Taco Bell every day at the Union without realizing the shocking cost of your taco. As middle class, consumer Americans living in an economically booming, resource-wealthy city, we support multi-million dollar corporations without a second thought. We are not brought up to think about where each ingredient in…

Oxfam: “BEHIND THE BRANDS”

by Ben Wollam Everyone prepare for doomsday, it seems like Malthus was right! We live in an era of undependable crop yields and their even more volatile market prices. With one out of every seven people going to bed starving every night, food security is a huge issue. Oxfam at the University of Texas acknowledges…

A Cupful of History

by Samantha Darnell Cancer fighter, emblem of tyranny, divination tool…anybody guess it? Tea, of course! This omnipresent beverage may be very familiar to you, but how much do you really know about it? I could easily list my top 15 favorite types of tea (I expect most of you readers could as well) but if…

Is Our Legacy as Important as our Future?

by Hannah Babich I recently read an article in The New York Times discussing a new exhibit entitled “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture” at the American Museum of Natural History (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/arts/design/our-global-kitchen-at-american-museum-of-natural-history.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&ref=food). The article describes a fantastic display of food cultures around the world, from production to consumption. This grand new exhibit explores a myriad…

Thanksgiving Carrot Pudding

by Lillie Leone When Thanksgiving came around this year, I was upset that I couldn’t celebrate it with my close family; one of the hardest parts about being an international student is that you can’t shoot home for weekends or holidays to enjoy delicious home cooking. There’s something profoundly comforting about eating the food you…

Hispanic Women & Food

by Monica Diaz In Hispanic culture, food is extremely important. Contrary to popular belief, food cannot only be used to make ourselves better; I have learned that, when it comes to Hispanic women, food brings the most comfort when it is used to feed others. From cooking tortillas for the men to eat when they…

An Evening with Michael Pollan

by Genesis Valdes Going to the grocery store can be quite a challenge. You have so many products to choose from and they all  have these claims of less fat, no GMOs, organic, etc. The real question is what should I eat? For food journalist, author, and activist, Michael Pollan, the answer is quite clear: eat real food….

Apples to Apples

The weeks leading up to All Hallows’ Eve, the apple is overlooked in favor of the more popular Halloween fruit, the pumpkin. Even though it is the quintessential autumn food, it is swept under the rug for one night, despite a rich relationship with October 31st. A combination of Samhain and Victorian Halloween traditions establish…

Investing in Our Children, Investing in Our Future

This summer, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Israel and the Middle East. While there, I was able to observe many cultures and religions. I saw all their differences: family, food, entertainment, values, priorities, etc. However, in the midst of all these differences, I noticed one constant in the Human Spirit: Every people…

Meet the Local Food Leaders

The idea of “being a Food Leader” can be a bit abstract and confusing. It is definitely different from being a Food Entrepreneur, which is a leader who takes the initiative to create something that does not currently exist in their society. Being a Food Leader is more diverse, it is something everyone can be.

What is food?

It would probably be an understatement to say that food is a big part of my life. It’s a HUGE part of my life. In fact, if you’ve talked to me even once in the past 6 months, it’s pretty clear that that I’m thinking about food studies at almost every waking moment of the day….