So, what the heck is this stuff called “food”? (3/3)

What is food? That was the question poised to us on the first day of class. We are about ⅓ of the way through the semester and we have come to the end of our first unit. Throughout these past five weeks, we have offered up many different definitions of food. This post is a summary of each week’s new definitions.

Week One
Food is what we eat. It has a nutritional value, and is not poisonous.  Mostly. But no, Imogen. Shampoo is decidedly not food.
Week Two
Food is a society shaper. It’s necessity, or, in some cases, perceived necessity, determines the course of lives and cultures, determines the course of history.
Week Three
Food is the neurochemicals in our brains. What we like about food, is not really the food itself, but the dopamine that is released when we eat it. Food, as we know it, is oftentimes processed in a way to make one eat more of it. It is a commodity to be bought and sold. Also, humans are not food. Except when absolutely necessary. But you might die anyways. BE WARNED!!!
(At the very least, don’t eat the brain.)
Week Four
Food is the vehicle for the nutrients we need to survive. Food is proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. These three are the macro-nutrients which are then broken down into amino acids, fatty acids, and simple sugars to be used to fuel and build our bodies. Basically, we are what we eat. Quite literally.
Week Five
Food, and how we prepare it, is what allowed homo sapiens to evolve from homo erectus. Supposedly. (Imogen – Shampoo may be food. Maybe. There is hope. ) Food shapes society just as much as, if not more than, society shapes food. According to this theory, the cooking of food is what allowed us, society, to be.

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One Response to So, what the heck is this stuff called “food”? (3/3)

  1. Mr. Sturdy Knight says:

    This is great! A wonderful retrospective of the key points in our class thus far. As I am sure you now realize, food is all of these things, and more besides that we haven’t covered yet. We will return again to our initial question of ‘what is food’ at the end of the semester. It will be interesting to see how our answers have changed.

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