Welcome to the blog for Colgate University's interdisciplinary course on food. This is the place to keep up with what students in the course are experiencing in their work at Common Thread Community Farm and through their everyday encounters with food.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
This National Geographic article is extremely relevant to the past few readings we've had for class (particularly Mintz & Diamond) and very interesting on it's own. The author looks intensely at what's commonly known as the "paleo-diet," or reverting back to eating foods that hunter/gatherer societies would have consumed in the past (or continue to consume today). Commonly this transfers to mean A LOT of meat. However, the author shows that it was not just meat that sustained early humans, or today's hunter/gatherers, because meat was not always available. Plant foods have been equally, if not more, important in human diets. There are a lot of interesting points that jive with ideas that Mintz provided in chapter 1, particularly where the author states: "You are what you eat. More accurately, you are what your ancestors ate." Also, the photography & video is stunning!