FYS 156 Farm to Table: A History of Food in America

Students will explore the ideas, contexts, and contradictions embedded in the history of how Americans have produced, processed, distributed, and consumed food. Even though the number of available foods has increased over time, food choices have narrowed. In addition, Americans typically eat larger, but less nutritious meals than previous generations. Food also divides as much as it unites as inequalities abound in the American food system. These inconsistencies, alongside other factors like ethnicity, geography, gender, and class, reveal the centrality of food to American identity.