Huddle with the Faculty: Worrying about Food - The Histories and Controversies of What We Eat

As a culture we obsess about food – is this ingredient toxic? Is this diet going to make me young and beautiful? Is this new supplement going to stop me getting sick?

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September 30, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn

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Perhaps Michael Pollan’s injunction not to “eat anything [our] great grandmothers wouldn’t recognize as food” is reasonable. In this talk Dr. Coupland examines the ways food has changed since our great grandmothers cooked, as well as the effects of these changes on how we live.  Our great-grandmothers worried about food too, but in very different ways.

John Coupland has been on the food science faculty for almost 20 years. He teaches courses in food chemistry, ethics and values and “food facts and fads” while doing research on fats and oils.  He recently stepped down as president of the Institute of Food Technologists, the professional organization for food scientists. 

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