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Source of the Month: “Fare of Slaves on Plantations,” April 26, 1850 in Frederick Douglass’ newspaper The North Star

The source of the month for March is a primary source, a brief 1850 article entitled “Fare of Slaves on Plantations” and published under the name “Pract. Christian” in The North Star, a newspaper founded and edited by Frederick Douglass.

Re: Source of the Month: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Publications online at the National Agricultural Library

I'm actually really excited to learn about this collection, as I am trying to give medical students historical perspectives on contemporary clinical practice in the nutrition elective I teach. I think I will assign the "Freddie Food Stamp" pamphlet on the day we discuss SNAP benefits, shopping and cooking at a "non-grocery store," and the 2008 Farm Bill. I promise to write more about this syllabus when I get a chance.

Source of the Month: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Publications online at the National Agricultural Library

February's source of the month is an online, primary source archive of publications by the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. This collection consists of over 600 fully digitized reports and publications, spanning the years 1969-2009. The collection can be accessed online at this link.

The Early Modern Reception of Galen’s “Simple Medicine” and “On the Powers of Foods” -- online conference, 6-7 April 2022, 10.00 am -6.30 pm (CET)

I'm forwarding the announcement of  an upcoming  online conference about ancient/medieval/early modern theories of nutrition.  I'm looking forward to it!

Karen Reeds, PhD, FLS
Princeton Research Forum, a community of independent scholars:  http://www.princetonresearchforum.org/

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Journal Announcement: Special Issue on Food as Medicine of "Rhetoric of Health and Medicine"

I would like to bring to the group's attention a recent special issue of Rhetoric of Health and Medicine on the topic of Food as Medicine. As co-editor, I wrote the introduction to the issue, which is freely available here

The articles include: 

Re: Source of the Month: "Locating low-protein life: post-war colonial nutrition science, subsistence metabolisms and food cultures in the South-Western Pacific Islands," by Alexandra Widmer

Thanks for bringing this article to our attention, Josh! I started the nutrition elective I'm teaching right now with a brief lecture on the history of nutritional concepts, including the protein standard. The medical students have been researching different diets, including Paleo--so we talked about what "authentic" means for whom, when, and where--and one will be presenting on how to raise a healthy child on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Source of the Month: "Locating low-protein life: post-war colonial nutrition science, subsistence metabolisms and food cultures in the South-Western Pacific Islands," by Alexandra Widmer

January’s source of the month is Alexandra Widmer’s recent article, “Locating low-protein life: post-war colonial nutrition science, subsistence metabolisms and food cultures in the South-Western Pacific Islands,” in Food, Culture & Society.

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