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Monday, February 18th, 2013

Breaking Down Boundaries with Global/Local Fruit

Ok, since this week’s topic for class is “Interspecies,” I’ll step away from Rockbridge for a moment here to talk about a paradox that has been the focus of my independent thesis research over the past months: global fruits gone local. Claude Levi-Strauss writes, “Food is good to think,” so I’ve been thinking tomatoes and [...]

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Elites Going Back on the System?

As part of several student groups dealing with food on Tufts Campus, I found Peggy Barlett’s piece in American Anthropologist, “Campus Sustainable Food Projects: Critique and Engagement,” to be very interesting. She argues that campus food projects are powerful spaces to test ideas and ideals about alternative food systems. But something I’ve been grappling with [...]

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Rockbridge County: Farmland or Food Desert?

  Food deserts have been the target of numerous urban farming initiatives. But city spaces are not the only ones that can be “food deserts,” as I learned over Thanksgiving break. When I was home for a couple days in November, my mom gave me an issue of the local newspaper she’d saved for me [...]

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Paradoxes

Why can’t farm laborers afford the food they grow? How are tomatoes considered “local” in New England when they originated in South America? How can a significant portion of the American population be obese but starving? Why is my home county a “food desert” when much of the land is devoted to agriculture? The food [...]