# FOOD COURSE STUDY

Technological Utopianism
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Today, the work and drudgery has been taken out of food. Food is not messy; it is packaged and clean. We work hard to disappear food and take out the foodiness of it. We are deliberate about our distance from food's origins - the number of farmers has drastically decreased. We are industrial eaters: we can't know or imagine the connections betweem eating and the land.
Negotiation of Identity, Convenience, and Responsibility. Identity encapsulated cultural identity, personal tastes, memory, rituals/holidays. Convenience could mean availability based on where you live, price and cost, what you can get to, ease of preparation. (Can I get it? Can I afford it? Can I make it?) Responsibility of actions and their consequences: will this meal make me sick tomorrow, will it in 30 years, what is my place in the food chain, how does what I eat affect the world over time. Taking responsibility very quickly becomes a political issue.
The brain requires a lot of energy and is therefore expensive tissue. Eating more meat provided more energy in smaller packages, allowing the digestive tract to shorten. Because less metabolic energy was being used in the gut, there was more energy to be used in the brain, therefore allowing for brain growth.