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Food Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Why, What and How We Eat: Getting Started

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Lessons from the Lunchroom: What Do We Know About School Lunch and Kids’ Diet?

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report on Wednesday, February 25, examining the potential for a National School Lunch Program to improve children’s health. 

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Welcome to the Duke University Libraries' research guide for the University course, Food Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Why, What, and How We Eat

This guide offers a selection of resources about the emerging world of food studies.  This "Getting Started" page contains resources relevant to events and readings for this course.

Discipline-specific resources can be found via the tabs at the top of the page.

This guide is a work in progress; if you have any comments, suggestions, or requests about resources to add, please contact us!

Addiitional Resources

  • Durham County Library’s Digging Durham Seed Library provides a repository for seeds and training for its patrons. Opens for the spring season on March 4.
  • Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats
    Website explores the history and politics of food in five regions of NC; themes include: southern history and culture, environmentalism and sustainability, public health and nutrition, plus more.
  • Two interviews by economist Russ Roberts on his EconTalk podcast:
    • Daniel Sumner
      Agricultural Economist at UC Davis on the winners and losers from the new Farm Bill, and subsidies in US ag more broadly.
    • Greg Page
      Chairman & former CEO of Cargill, on global food markets, the role of price signals, and GMOs.

Suggested Readings

Agrarian Dreams
Julie Guthman (2004)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver (2007)

Diet for a Hot Planet
Anna Lappe (2010)

Diet for a Small Plant
Frances M. Lappe (1971)

Eating Animals
Jonathan Safron Foer (2010)

Just Food
James McWilliams (2009)

Tangled Roots
Deborah Barndt (2008)

The CAFO Reader
Dan Imhoff (2010)

Unsettling of America
Wendell Berry (1996)

Vandana International
Website for the work of Shiva Vandana, prominent environmental activist

Weighing In
Julie Guthman (2011)

Course Librarian

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Linda Daniel
Duke University Libraries
233 Perkins Library
Phone: 919-660-5927

Global Development

GDAE-IATP Report: Jan. 2012


Download the report and summary.  Read more on IATP's work on food and agriculture.