), or the problems of food production under climate change (extreme weather events like drought and floods make agriculture more economically risky, thereby prompting migration from rural to urban areas or across national borders).But it is equally important to help students develop the analytical, interpersonal, and leadership skills to change food systems for the better.
Well-known New York restaurateur Danny Meyer announced recently that he intends to eliminate tipping at his New York restaurants with an across-the-board increase in prices to fund “hospitality.” Meanwhile, fast food workers, nationally, have been fighting for a rat-infested camps while picking tomatoes.
In many cases, academics have also engaged with food movements by lending research skills to community-led initiatives, helping to document patterns of food inaccessibility, or providing information needed to successfully advocate for policy change.
If food studies is to continue to be responsive to the growing food justice movement, graduates need to be able to translate concepts of social justice and food to post-college careers.
Colleges and universities with existing food studies programs should strive to make entry more feasible for lower income students through targeted grants and scholarships.
Food studies faculty should ensure that curricula address the diverse educational and professional development interests and needs of all students.