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PLAP 3160
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PLAP 3160 Lecture 1 Notes
SUPER MARKETS AND OUR FOOD
- Where we interact most with our food
- Walmart taken lead in organics and dairy (why its come so far)
- So many outlets for us to find our food sources in such a small vicinity
o Defined by abundance theme we will talk about a lot
TRIP TO THE SUPERMARKET: THINKING ABOUT FOOD
- What is it? (is it food?) what do you know about it? How do you know it?
- Be an anthropologist. What can you tell/infer about the people buying/eating the product?
- What does this product tell us about the US food system?
WHAT DO WE CARE ABOUT?
- Convenience (in time and ease) “just add ____”
- Costs
o Our food is cheaper than ever
- Health/the illusion of health
o Diet soda, “skinny water”
- Appearance
o When foods start to look bad, the supermarket throws it away
o Anxieties about our foods going bad
WHAT DO WE VALUE?
- Family farm/romanticized image of agriculture
o Simply not the way it used to be
- Health/romanticized version of it
o Trust/reliability and appearance partly important because we’re afraid of our food
making us sick
Its an implicit fear
But food is making us sick long-term too
- Taste
- Quality (including reliability)
- Convenience
o Time and simplicity of preparation
o Worried about wasting our time, lazy, ability to cook
- Placating children, delivering calories via “fun”
- Price and value (or the illusion thereof)
- Diversity/choices
OBSERVATIONS
- Corn and oil in a ton of different forms (ingredients, packaging, transportation)
o Supermarkets as corn and petroleum as the delivery system
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o Corn ends up in cars and cows
Growing it need land and fertilizer which now comes from petroleum
Substitution of oil power for solar power
o Modern agriculture only possible because of petroleum farming
- High food mileage
o Washington apples to Nelson
o Very inexpensive to transport food long distances
- More generally: chemicals, process under guise of “food”
- Need for reassurance
o Implies anxiety about health, quality, cooking/preparation (alienation from food)
o Not just for us, but mainly when cooking for their families
A FRAMEWORK FOR MAKING SENSE OF THE FOOD SYSTEM
- Food system = relationship of production, distribution (shipping/sales), consumption, and
post-consumption
o From seed to sewer
- 3 parts: Actors, decisions and outcomes
ACTORS/PARTICIPANTS
- Political actors: legislature, regulatory, judicial
- Economic actors
o Small farmers/growers, large agribusinesses, processors, packers, transporters,
marketers, retailers
- Interest Groups
- Public Health
- Teachers/educators
- Parents
- Media [endorsers/placement]
- Consumer and community actors/activists/organizers
o Food deserts; urban farms
- Citizens/consumers/eaters
DECISIONS
- Magnitude as well as beginning to show components
- All contributors making decisions 2 different types
o MACRO set the big rules that have widespread effects
Primarily by big actors, set the rules for the game
o MICRO decisions based upon the macro rules in place
OUTCOMES
- Dimensions of food safety
- Economic costs and benefits
o HFCS could be made less expensive if the tax on sugar rose or if they were given
subsidies
- Health and well-being of consumers/citizens
- Health and well-being of food system workers
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