FYS 101 Food Fights: What is the Future of Food?

Everybody eats. But why do we eat what we eat and what are the social, economic, and ecological effects of how
we eat? Through utilizing the sociological imagination this course will connect our personal relationships with food
to the broader social forces that make them public issues and social problems. We are raised to eat cows and pigs
but not cats or dogs. Burger King commercials tell us that eating meat is masculine and eating salads is feminine.
Scientists engineer Cheetos and Doritos so that we get hooked. Baby spinach and strawberries are more expense
than Top Ramen. Farmers markets are all the rage in affluent communities but low-income communities struggle
to find fresh affordable produce. At the same time, many farmers don’t make enough to live on and the majority of farm
workers are paid almost nothing for their labor. What is structuring our food system to produce such a world of cultural
beliefs and gendered messages? How does state policy and corporate power shape the choices we make? Why is the
food system rife with social inequities? These are just a few of the big picture questions we shall investigate in Food
Fights: What is the Future of Food?