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…

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.

Stuffed Mushroom Delight Q&A

Eating and buying locally has been a topic of discussion on our blog in the past. Should we buy locally? Is it really that worth it? Does it really taste that good? Here to give us a first hand perspective on eating and buying locally is Megan Convery, a fourth year nutrition major at the University…

Agriculture and Global Food Procurement

Upon arriving in Germany, I received many helpful tips and recommendations. Among these was the warning, “if you are concerned with the quality of your food, buy fruits, vegetables, and meat produced within Germany.” In Germany, most food products are marked with the country of origin. Whether buying Gurken (cucumbers) from Spain, Soy Sauce from…

Educated Eater

Dear UT Community, During my undergraduate years at UT, I have completely transformed my relationship with food. I have become an Educated Eater, a student who has been exposed to a diverse understanding of food and eating. I was introduced to many new foods, learned about the real cost of food, studied a little bit…

The Common Agricultural Policy

Food has been traded between regions for thousands of years. The tomato plant, did not originate in Italy as one might expect, but in the Americas. The silk road was formed for the practice of bartering. The American food system, specifically the animal industries, has been heavily scrutinized over the last decade. Contemporary muckrakers such…

Kitchen Pimpin’ Obesity

The Lonestar State has the highest percentage of overweight adult males at 75.5%, only second to Alabama’s 75.9%. There are plenty of attempts to educate the population on how to eat — nutritional charts and dietary recommendations, for instance — but these are not solutions. The majority of us know that we need to consume…

Student Innovation

As promised in my last post, the time has arrived for the Food Studies Project to fly. Our destination is to lay the foundations of a Food Studies Institute. In order to get started, we took a leap. It was scary, at first, because gravity is always trying to pull us back to the ground….

Local Food: Consider the Consequences

Eat local? Eat organic? Eat meat? Eat imported? The food choices that we make can have long-term — and often unintended – consequences. Simply look to the history of agriculture, rife with examples of (occasionally) well-intentioned policy gone bad. Farm subsidies in America, for example, began during the Depression era and were meant to help…

A Day in the Life of a Local Farmer

I’m taking a break, for a moment, from the local food series to try something a little more literary. Two weeks ago, I met Brenton Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Backyard Garden, in the hopes that I could talk to him about my senior thesis. I didn’t get what I came for – that is, a…

Food and Life in Brazil

This year I had the pleasure to live in three different States in Brazil, starting in the lovely Northeastern State of Bahia, then working my way down to the traditional Minas Gerais, and finally finished my adventure abroad in the famous Rio de Janeiro. I lived with three different family with three very different financial…