Course Spotlight: US Food Policy and Culture

Course readings include Marion Nestle’s works on nutrition, food studies, and public health.

Do you want to understand why profound inequalities exist in our food systems and what we can do about it? Dr. Ellen Messer will be teaching US Food Policy and Culture during the Fall 2020 semester. This 4-credit course overviews the forces shaping U.S. food policies, cultural politics, diet, and nutrition situations in the twenty-first century. After reviewing the history of U.S. domestic food policy, course discussions consider globalization, new agricultural and food technologies, new nutrition knowledge, immigration, and “sustainable-food” ideology as drivers of American dietary and food-regulatory change. “Food systems,” “food chains,” and “dietary structure” provide the major analytical frameworks for tracing how food moves from farm to table, and the role of local through national government and non-government institutions in managing these food flows.

This class will meet on Tuesday evenings, from 6 to 8:45 PM, starting on September 8th. The course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Non-degree students may also register. Please contact for more information.

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