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Debating Globalization: Feeding a Hungry World

Professor: R. Datta


Term: Fall

Year: 2012

Course Code: FY-101-PS03

Food is our fundamental right; it also provides a gateway to understanding the world. The world produces enough food for everyone, yet close to a billion people in the world are malnourished; about 15% of American households face food shortage. Why is this happening? Furthermore, in a changing world, often referred to as McDonaldization, people around the world are exposed to fast food chains. Is this having an impact on the traditional foods in different cultures? Students will debate such questions and also learn about famines, how people used innovative techniques to find food at times of political and economic crises, how climate change, and the politics and economics of food distribution affect food supply. Students in this course will have the opportunity to share the role of family and community bondages through festival and heritage foods, family recipes, nutritional benefits of certain traditional foods, spices, and herbs, and how we can maintain and enrich intercultural understanding through food. At the end of the semester, students will present a 'Heritage Hunger Banquet' to spread awareness about the importance of cultural, political, and economic aspects of hunger in a globalized world.