Philosophy of Food
Revision as of 23:45, 18 September 2018 by Alfino
- Philosophy of Food Course Research Questions
- Philosophy of Food Reading Schedule
- Philosophy of Food Fall 2018 Class Notes
- Basic Course Information for Philosophy of Food
- Philosophical Methods
- Advice on Reading
- Assignment Rubric
- The Short Short Guide to Wiki Edits
- Student Practice Page
- Food News!
- The $200 / month diet. — Let’s use this for any summary of a diet that you would like to share with the class.
- Group Writing - Food 2018
- Roster Information
- Short Objective Quiz
- Tell Me
- Anonymous Preference Voting
- Small Group Discussion Report - Food
- Worksheets for Nutrition Chapters
Final Paper Options
- Your final paper should be a 7-9 page (typed double spaced) paper satisfying one of the following topics:
- First Steps: In early April, I'll ask you to share some ideas about your topic interests in small group work.
Rough Outline of Optional Philosophy of Food Assignments and Topic Ideas
I will work on some new assignments for the Florence version of the course. Some of the assignments listed below may not be practical under conditions in Florence:
- Diet Review and Improvement -- Review your own diet and consider the effects of specific changes you might make.
- Choose 1, 2, or all three of these options:
- 1. Tracking. Use an online diet tracking site to create a "baseline" analysis of your diet. Compare your diet to US Dietary Guidelines . You can start this assignment between Feb 1 and March 1. Consider Myfitnesspal or any food/diet site that is connected to the large food and nutrition databases. Enter most of the foods you eat over a 7-10 day period. We will get into more detail on this, but try to look up nutritional norms for your age, health, and weight. Compare with your actual diet and the US Dietary Guidelines. Write up your observations in a 3-4 paper. You may want to focus on a general comparison of your diet to the guidelines, things you didn't notice or were surprised by about your diet, the proportion of whole food vs. industrial food products, the regularity or lack of regularity in the diet, etc. Due no later than March 1.
- 2. Elimination Diet.Try small changes in your diet by eliminating some or all of the following: industrial processed food, sodas, eating between meals, and refined carbohydrates, especially refined sugar. Consider re-sourcing industrial meat to local organic. Try adding a non-meat protein dinner, such as a lentil or bean dish. Try the same as a restaurant. Use a journal to track your experience of these changes. Using the journal as a source, report on your experience in a 2-3 reflection paper. Start as soon as mid-February but finish no later than late March.
- 3. 3 Way Diet analysis.In light of your study of nutrition this semester, make an analysis of your diet that considers three standards: nutrition, satisfaction, and practicality. Late April.
- Food System Research, Food Journalism, & Food Activism -- Research a specific aspect of food production and distribution in your local food system. A research focus involves documenting the issue and giving your analysis of it, whereas an activism focus may involve trying to promote positive change. Here are a few examples:
- Research a particular grocery store's sourcing choices.
- Why does a local store sell peppers from Holland? Can they be sourced locally?
- What organizations exist in Spokane to help promote local food production?
- Investigate Sodexho's dietary standards and sourcing choices?
- Assess one or more restaurant menus in terms of nutrition, sourcing, or gastronomy.
- Food movie and book groups -- Get together with other students or work on your own to deepen your understanding of an additional book or movie source on food. Choose journals and/or class reporting as part of this assignment. Food movies
- Some possible books:
- Caffeinated Murray Carpenter
- Short Term Research - Many of the issues and topics we discuss are in flux due to emerging research and changes in food production and consumption. Here are some suggested topics for further research.
- Research a fad diet from the last few years in light of research and reflection.
- Are we getting better at farm raised fish?
Miscellaneous Food News and Food Culture
- Electric Spoon []
- Fasting -- Mark Mattson: Why fasting bolsters brain power. 
- Weird food songs (good for food and gender reflection):