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Geography
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GEO 509
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Hersch Jacobs

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SEPTEMBER 11
“Who eats what, where, why and how” – food definition
- oldest documented human behavior: picking teeth
- secure food and water: human enterprise
- primary economic activity: hunting, fishing, farming (3 basic sources of food)
- farming takes up most of the land
- converts nature to human landscape
- agriculture most important economic activity (250 million farmers worldwide)
- human enterprise (1000 different types of plants) – there are key ones
- 1/3 of planet involved in agriculture (production)
- about 40% of population worldwide involved in agriculture (about 2% in Canada)
- Canada is part of the food export (we export more than we import)
- In the whole long history time frame, agriculture is fairly new, it was learned and invented
- 1st agriculture revolution: began 10 000 years ago – nourishment
i) makes it more reliable food source
ii) enables us to derive more food value than what nature supply’s (Increase supply)
- for example: don’t eat wheat or flour – talk what nature provides and makes accessible
- can’t have agriculture without land ownership
- Aboriginal don’t understand “private property”
- Ox is a castrated bull: force animal to grow bigger, stronger – pull heavy plows
- Veal – male holstering (black and white cow)
- most animals and plants now have manipulated both plants and animals in ways which fit us
best
- “The Dark Ages” 750 AD (or Western Europe) lost a lot of knowledge (ex. Food, cooking,
astronomy)
- they did not lose Latin translation and emerge of religious powers.
- Trappist menu: brought cheese moving knowledge in Oka (city just outside MTL)
- brewing took place in monasteries
- country made the dish based on what country best grows (most efficiently) (wheat, Asia: rice,
South America: corn, potatoes)
- greatest unit of output for very little input
- every country internationally- as country and people prosper, the wealth that is accumulated
goes to improve diet (more, better, higher quality)
- fusion cuisine: cuisine of one place brought to another (Indian and Chinese – Hakka) it has
always been around
- all cuisine is considered a fusion cuisine
- some places only decided to travel beyond their area is due to want to find new foods
- *Brillat Savarin said “ tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are”
- a meal talks about class, ethnicity, family structure, environment, etc.
- The amount of fat and way you eat it tells you more about who you are rather than the
car you drive
- Neither diet more revealing than the area or nature
- One sure thing about food is it never just food

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SEPTEMBER 11 “Who eats what, where, why and how” – food definition - oldest documented human behavior: picking teeth - secure food and water: human enterprise - primary economic activity: hunting, fishing, farming (3 basic sources of food) - farming takes up most of the land - converts nature to human landscape - agriculture most important economic activity (250 million farmers worldwide) - human enterprise (1000 different types of plants) – there are key ones - 1/3 of planet involved in agriculture (production) - about 40% of population worldwide involved in agriculture (about 2% in Canada) - Canada is part of the food export (we export more than we import) - In the whole long history time frame, agriculture is fairly new, it was learned and invented st - 1 agriculture revolution: began 10 000 years ago – nourishment i) makes it more reliable food source ii) enables us to derive more food value than what nature supply’s (Increase supply) - for example: don’t eat wheat or flour – talk what nature provides and makes accessible - can’t have agriculture without land ownership - Aboriginal don’t understand “private property” - Ox is a castrated bull: force animal to grow bigger, stronger – pull heavy plows - Veal – male holstering (black and white cow) - most animals and plants now have manipulated both plants and animals in ways which fit us best - “The Dark Ages” 750 AD (or Western Europe) lost a lot of knowledge (ex. Food, cooking, astronomy) - they did not lose Latin translation and emerge of religious powers. -
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