Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

LBS 745 Industrial Food in Modern Society(GLA)

3 hours; 3 credits. An examination of the problems associated with the mass consumption of industrialized food such as exploitation of labor, environmental degradation, animal abuse, widespread obesity and illness, and the erosion of social and cultural ties. We will critically examine the ways in which the industrialization of the food supply in modern societies has made calories cheap and plentiful and how the public pays for cheap food's hidden costs. Through the lens of industrial food, this course focuses particular attention on issues of labor, immigration and capitalism. The geographical area of emphasis will be the United States, and case studies from other regions may also be included. Prerequisites: Registration in a graduate program in the Humanities or Social Science, or permission of the Director of the student's program of matriculation and the MALS Director.