One Campus, One Theme: FOOD

One Campus, one theme subtopicsThe library is honored to be participating in "One Campus, One Theme" - a vision of HCC as a campus-wide learning community during AY 2015-16. The Library has a great deal of resources to offer including books, e-books, online databases, DVDs, e-videos, and more. The below subtopics link to suggested resources available through the library. Contact the library for additional resources.

Be on the lookout for library events on the food theme. We are planning book talks, book club events, and displays. 

Food Stories

Just as we need stories to live on the planet and make sense of our lives, we need food-not just to nourish our bodies and keep us alive, but to connect us to people, places, and time. So often our stories are about the role that food plays in our lives, through memory, identity, and relationships. In novels like Water for Chocolate, short stories like "About Love," poems like "Good Grease," and films like Eat Drink Man Woman, we use food to understand ourselves as human beings. Join us during the month of SEPTEMBER as we read, listen to, and watch the stories that give us food for thought.

 

Food Production

Food production begins with the seed and progresses to the preservation of the harvest at the end of the season. Seeds might be saved from the previous year's crop, or purchased from a seed company. Food might be harvested and eaten immediately or manipulated into an unrecognizable processed food. Humans can be involved in any part of the process or simply purchase the end product. Food choices made along the way will determine the quality of the food and the level of our health as a consumer. So it is important that we understand each of the steps so that we make informed, healthy choices.

 

Food Culture

Food is one of the most primal parts of our lives. Its smells, colors, tastes, textures evoke visceral reactions of utmost pleasure or utter revulsion-triggering fond memories of home and away. Food is culture. It is our collective and social connection to food that sometimes conveys regional, social, religious, familial and traditional preferences and values. It's never static or normative. Food is culturally responsive, varied and constantly evolving within our global community. What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who's at the table, and who eats first is a form of communication that is rich with cultural meaning.

 

Food Health

We've all heard it before:  food is fuel. Do you put the highest premium gasoline in your car's tank?  The quality of the foods you choose to put in your mouth each day directly affects your health. That food is broken down in your body into protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. These useable components help improve memory, heal wounds, boost energy, and help you have a good night's sleep. Eating healthy also wards off heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, and other health conditions. A good diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight.

 

Food Science

Eating today is complicated. Should we worry more about fats or carbohydrates?  What makes a carb a carb?  What happens to the food we eat?  How does our body use these biochemicals to keep us healthy and fuel the billions of cells that make up the human body?  How can chemistry, physics, engineering, microbiology, biotechnology, and other sciences be used to develop new or better ways of preserving, processing, packaging, storing, and delivering food?  Welcome to the world of Food Science where the physical, biological, and chemical composition of food are studied to create and improve food products for better health.

 

Food Policy

Many of us don't exactly think about food policy when we wake up every morning. Make no mistake, however; these policies impact our lives directly. In essence, food policy is the area of public policy concerning how food is produced, processed, distributed, and purchased. Food policies are political and designed to influence the operation of the food and agriculture system. How can we ensure that the food policies promoted by our government support healthy diets, reduce hunger at home and abroad, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, improve public health, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems, protect and maintain sustainable fisheries, treat farm animals humanely, and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production?

 

Food Justice

Do we have a responsibility to ensure that every person has access to good food? A truly sustainable food system is generally defined as one that is economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially just. This has implications not only for how the food is produced but, ultimately, who has access to food that is free from dangerous pesticides, hormones, and additives which contribute to the thriving of local economies and ecologies.

 
 
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