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About the Food Studies Program

Food Studies offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) and minor in Food Studies. Students learn about the Food industry in areas including food science, organic production, local food movement, genetic modification of food and nanotechnology and food access in the U.S.

 

Mary Kiernan with Rachel Johnson and Kaylah Wicks

Food studies, nutrition faculty, students participated in NYC James Beard Empire Feast

Falk College food studies chef instructor, Mary Kiernan, cooked for and participated in the James Beard Empire State Feast Event on Feb. 27 at the James Beard House in NYC. Assisting her and the other team chefs were Falk nutrition students, Rachel Johnson and Kaylah Wicks. The Beard Foundation offers events to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster an appreciation of American cuisine. Preparation for the event included recent test run-throughs at Syracuse University’s Falk College teaching kitchens.


Food Studies Students Work with International Chefs to Expand Cultural Competencies, Give Back to Local Community

Falk College food studies students, led by assistant professor Evan Weissman, recently hosted chefs from Burma, Eritrea, Japan, South Sudan, and Somalia in the Falk College teaching kitchens in preparation for a recent My Lucky Tummy community dinner, which celebrates the local refugee and new American communities in Syracuse through food.


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WCNY-TV explores community gardens in Syracuse with food studies professor Evan Weissman

In December, WCNY-TV’s “Cycle of Health” show featured assistant professor of food studies, Evan Weissman, an exploration of the history and growth of community gardens in Syracuse, as well as across New York State. A growing interest in where food comes from and how to cook it, along with many other factors, has spurred urban garden movements locally. Some local community gardens date back 20 years, and many new ones are sprouting up today. Watch the segment entitled, ‘Urban Roots’ with Professor Weissman


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Falk College offers major, minor in food studies

Falk College offers a bachelor of science degree in food studies as well as an undergraduate minor in it. Both programs are currently accepting students. The B.S in food studies takes a multilevel, holistic approach to food—from production through consumption. In addition to its core program, the curriculum offers two concentrations: 1) Food Politics and Governance; and; 2) Community Food Systems and Gastronomy. The 120-credit major includes five areas of study: Falk College requirements, a liberal arts core, a food studies core, a food studies area of concentration, and electives.

The Falk College's Food Studies minor is an interdisciplinary approach to examining U.S. and global food systems from production through consumption using a multi-level and holistic approach. Students take courses covering production, consumption, distribution, gastronomy, and food policy. The minor in Food Studies requires completion of six courses, two that are mandatory and four electives. For more specific information on declaring the minor, contact Evan Weissman, Ph.D. Food Studies minor coordinator, 443-4295 or e-mail eweissma@syr.edu.


Course spotlight: FST 300--Farm to Fork

In the Farm to Fork course, students explore key features of the food system, from farm to fork. Using both in-class learning and hands-on engagement students will interrogate industrial food and develop a better understanding and appreciation of efforts to build community-based food systems. The class includes a cooking laboratory where students learn basic culinary skills. Students also participate in a variety of field trips.



Syracuse Grows Benefit Dinner

Food studies professor Evan Weissman cultivates food justice

Syracuse Grows recently celebrated another successful growing season and hosted its first-ever Farm-to-Table Benefit dinner. Funds raised at the event will support the Syracuse Grows network of community gardens and farms and also contribute to its annual resource drive in the spring. Syracuse Grows is a grassroots coalition of individuals, gardens, and community collaborators working to cultivate a just foodscape in the city of Syracuse. The group provides advocacy, programming, education, and resources to support food justice and community development through community gardening and urban agriculture.


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Falk Professor to Study Anaerobic Digesters for Small-scale Dairy Farms

Falk College professor of Food Studies, Rick Welsh, and Stefan Grimberg and Shane Rogers, two environmental engineers from Clarkson University, have received a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture to develop educational and outreach materials related to smaller-scale anaerobic digesters.

In the U.S., anaerobic digesters have been seen as larger farm technologies since the more manure produced on a farm, the greater the amount of biogas produced too. This biogas is captured and burned to produce heat that can be used to keep parlors warm or to produce steam to turn a turbine and produce electricity. Excess electricity can be sold.


Falk students, faculty advocate for women's human rights to adequate food, nutrition at United Nations meetings

Students in the Falk College’s new graduate course, FST 700—Gender, Food, and Rights attended the United Nations’ (UN) annual Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings over Spring Break. Led by food studies professor, Anne Bellows, three students, Melanie Shaffer-Cutillo, Karen Cordano, and Stacia Martelli canvassed official meetings on issues related to women’s human right to adequate food and nutrition as official delegates of the non-governmental organization, Food First Information Action Network (FIAN) International. Bellows is an editorial board member and contributor to the FIAN worldwide publication, “The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch.”

The Gender, Food and Rights course the students are enrolled in advances inquiry introduced in another Falk food studies course, FST 403/603—Right to Food and Nutrition and foregrounds a focus on the relationship between the human right to adequate food and nutrition and women’s rights. The class operates from an investigation into the question, when so many call for the inclusion of women into food and nutrition programs and policy making, why do women and girls continue to experience hunger and malnutrition at greater rates than do men across diverse demographic groups experiencing right to food violations?


Kimberly Johnson Portrait

Kimberly Johnson authors chapter exploring trans fat social policy, environmental externalities

Senior part-time instructor, Kimberly Johnson, has authored a chapter in the publication, Environmental Policy is Social Policy-Social Policy is Environmental Policy: Toward Sustainability Policy. The chapter is entitled, “Living Off the Fat of Another Land: Trans Fat Social Policy andEnvironmental Externalities,” and explores efforts in replacing trans fatty acids (TFAs) in the food supply while looking more broadly at the intersection of food, health, and environmental policy.


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How Ukrainian Social & Public Health Interventions are Adapting to War-related Environment: Challenges & Opportunities


Research Center Brown Bag featuring Yuliya Chorna & Iuliia Pylypas of the International HIV/AIDS & TB Institute

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Location: 120 White Hall

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Lecture with Sports Nutritionist, Sarah Wick


An evening lecture on sports nutrition and how it affects performance

Date: Wednesday, April 8th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Life Sciences Bld, Room 011

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6th Annual PLAY Mini-Conference


"Family Play in Diverse Cultures" presented by Jaipaul Roopnarine

Date: Saturday, April 11th
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Mt. Nittany Elementary School

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Food Chains: The Revolution in America's Fields


Join us for an award winning film showing and discussion

Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Falk Complex Room 104

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Sports and the Pursuit of Healthiness


Symposium focusing on the historical reasoning for the development of sports, concerns for the health of athletes, changes that reduced health risks and the impact of health concerns on sports participation.

Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Grant Auditorium



Falk College Community Meet-and-Greet with Dean Murphy


Dean Murphy is interested in hearing your ideas about student needs in our new building. A date will be scheduled after Spring Break.

Date/Time: TBD
Location: Falk Complex Student Lounge, Room 216

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