Monday, September 26, 2011

Response to "The Pleasures of Eating" by Wendell Berry

Berry concludes his piece with a list of seven concrete actions readers can take to become more responsible eaters. Revise this list to target a dorm-dwelling, college-aged audience. Think about, for instance, how you might make these suggestions more realistic for a person living in a dorm with little to no kitchen or garden spaces.

1. Participate in food production to the extent that you can. Get together with your hall or entire dorm and talk about starting a garden outside. You can save what you have of food scraps from eating in your dorm, and make a collection in your hall kitchen. Other options are going to the garden behind the Green Quad and planting your own food there, or disposing of your food scraps in their compost box. There is also food grown in their garden that anyone can take.
2. Prepare your own food. Most dorms have a kitchen somewhere in it that anyone can use. Everyone on your floor or group of friends can chip in and help buy enough food for a meal. You can even go to Cafe Verde and use your Carolina Cash to buy produce and other ingredients there. It'll be a good way to get a "home cooked meal" and get to know people in your hall.
3. Learn the origins of the food you buy, and buy the food that is produced closest to your home. Every Tuesday, the farmer's market comes to the USC campus. There are also many local fresh food markets right off campus. You can go to these markets once a week and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables that you can snack on during the day.
4. Whenever possible, deal directly with a local farmer, gardener, or orchardist. If you can make it to the farmer's market, you can easily talk to local farmers and gardeners and buy any food you can store in your dorm, from them.
5. Learn self-defense, as much as you can of the economy and technology of industrial food production. Many of the restaurants on campus provide you with nutrition information on the meals you can eat, but you still don't know all the ingredients of the food you are eating.
6. Learn what is involved in the best farming and gardening. By doing this, you might find that it's easier to grow your own food that you thought it was.
7. Learn as much as you can, by direct observation and experience if possible, of the life histories of the food species. 

1 comment:

  1. This is really good advice! I didn't even know there was a garden here or a compost place! Thanks for including that. Also I agree one of the most important things people can do is learn about the origins of their food. I definitely need to learn more about where the food from Russel House comes from.