Course DescriptionA spirited inquiry into the background, context, discovery, invention, and history of six of the most important human food commodities on the planet. Each has a complex, intricate story of its associations with humanity—tales which are often sweetly joyous and loudly celebratory; others that are mired in dark superstition, bloodshed, and war. One of them, for example, corn, considered by some peoples as the ultimate God-given food source, has managed to insinuate itself into nearly all levels of the human food chain, but also into the most unlikely products such as adhesives, soap, linoleum, and even in our cars’ gas-tanks. A field trip to a restaurant chosen by the students is planned in order that they may socialize, interact and network outside of the classroom. No class text; readings from the Internet. The instructor shares his PowerPoint presentations with students to cut down on students’ note-taking.
Mary Ann Wilson
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