Mary Grabar Writes About “Food Studies”

by George Leef

College catalogues keep expanding, mostly with a variety of courses denominated as “studies.”  Those courses are usually created by professors who want to fill part of their teaching “load” with something crafted to allow them to talk about topics they’re interested in, often with an overlay of progressive politics. In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Mary Grabar examines the proliferation of courses on “food studies.” One might, of course, study nutrition or food safety scientifically, but that’s old stuff. Food studies is largely a “social justice” project with food as the reason for claiming that the world is unfair.