Politics - 7/26/10 Making A Living/Politics Selected...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
7/26/10 Making A Living/Politics Selected consequences of Agriculture: o More work o Lower quality foods o Worse nutrition o Heavier disease burden o Territoriality/competition Michael Pollen/Future of Food Film: o Industrial Agriculture o Something Peculiar; most all food Americans eat traces its origins in one way or another to just one food. o North American Dependence on corn o When you look at a carbon analysis of average American’s flesh—we look like corn chips on legs… o How is our all-corn diet obscured? o How does corn make it into our diet without us knowing? o We think that we have such a variety of different foods, when its mostly all corn? Corn’s peculiar (and ultra efficient) biological attributes A plant that had co-evolved with native inhabitants of central America ultimately allowed pioneers to settle new territories without local help (once they’d learned to harness corn’s super power ways) o Corn was a ready-made commodity: o It could be used: As food To feed animals As heating fuel As intoxicant (whiskey) Stored for later …or it could be exchanged. Used as currency to pay for slaves, and the food upon which slaves subsisted in the passage from Africa (Corn was originally the generic English term for any kind of “grain” including a grain of salt)
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
o Agriculture is just one of the five Adaptive Strategies o Adaptive Strategies : a group’s system of economic production Argued that similarities between unrelated societies could be the result of similar ways of producing, distributing , or consuming resources Five Adaptive Strategies Agriculture Foraging Pastoralism Horticulture Industrialism Cohen Argued that one would find “correlates” between cultures with no contact resulting in similar economic systems It’s rare that you find these strategies in isolation o You don’t find people who live exclusively on one strategy… Only one he really found correlates for: Foraging o Foraging relies on natural resources for subsistence, rather than controlling plant and animal reproduction o Correlates to foraging include: o Band Societies (100 or fewer people) o Nuclear Family structure (parents+ their children) o Egalitarian ( equal) relations between people, though gender-based differences Don’t have full time religious people like priests The European Lens on Foraging o Power of scarcity o Foragers seemed to not even have scarcity—this came as a shock o Concepts of property o They didn’t have a concept of property in the same way—they don’t have that sense of territory, things that are yours—don’t have necessity for lock/key for protecting their own property o Concepts of time o They didn’t seem to value time in the same way—didn’t have the idea that time was scarce o Concepts of work and morality o The root concepts of work and morality were challenged—for a long time foragers were viewed as immoral monsters almost—Europeans
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course ANTHRCUL 101 taught by Professor Kirsch during the Summer '08 term at University of Michigan.

Page1 / 9

Politics - 7/26/10 Making A Living/Politics Selected...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online