American Food Trucks and Thai Street Markets

The food trucks and street food semi permanent establishments in major American cities like New York mirror the small scale food retailing system of Thailand and other areas of southeast Asia.  These food carts give life and tradition to these southeast Asian societies and fends off the intrusion of the “industrial palate” described by Gisèle Yasmeen to be the increasing …

Increased Demand for Food

Food is a renewable resource, capable of harnessing the endless supply of solar energy in order to feed and energize the human body.  However, the ever growing human population has forced agriculture into dependency on nonrenewable resources such as fossil fuels, chemicals, and mineral fertilizers. Herman Daly argues in his work “Steady State Economics,” that although the worldwide per capita …

Dining for the Super Bowl

Food is a major part of football culture especially during the Super Bowl.  Hot dogs, finger foods, packaged and processed goods, and beer all are major parts of stadium culture during football season.  When it comes time for the Super Bowl, the majority of football fans do not attend the big game, but rather watch the game at home or …

Does Advertising influence our Food Purchases?

Urbanization and the role of the military needs drove food to become homogenized, industrialized, and widely advertised.  The rise of the urban dwelling and the need for quickly and easily prepared foods led to the need for food as an advertised good rather than a necessity for survival.  Advertising food created the the market for industrialized and preprepared food items, …

Religion and Social Context Influence Food Choice

Despite the indisputable fact that “of all domesticated mammals, pigs possess the greatest potential for swiftly and efficiently changing plants into flesh” there remains a social taboo in some cultures and religions deterring individuals from eating pork (Harris 59).  Religious aversion to pork as a source of sustenance may be a result of  the view that pigs are filthy creatures …