Resolving my Dietary Disconnect: Food and Place throughoutt the Perspective of the Humanities
Natural Resources and Environmental Science
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As a post-industrial consumer, I have become confused and overwhelmed with the choices involved in the current food system. The confusion and anxiety presented by the post-industrial food system override many of the pleasures I once associated with the act of eating. As a conscious consumer, I am searching for more natural and healthier choices that will lessen my environmental impact. Local food is one choice that has gained recent popularity amongst conscious consumers. Science and technology, which often dominate modern food discussion, do not provide satisfactory answers to the fundamentally humanistic issue of finding what is best to eat. This thesis questions how I might use the resources and approaches of the humanities to help navigate the decisionmaking process of the current food system? And how might disciplines such as history, literature, and philosophy help me gain a better understanding of local food and its potential to reconnect me with food production, preparation, and knowledge? After the foundation of the current food system has been established, local food will be explored through the lens of the humanities. The humanities provide insight into how eating locally can assist conscious consumers in reconnecting with food knowledge and the natural world. Ultimately seeking to cultivate mindfulness, the humanities are a valuable resource for relieving the confusion and concern that face conscious consumers in the post-industrial food system.