Author Archives: Andrea Noel Marion Verschuyl

Intentional and Non-Hierarchical Discussions of Food Culture and its Consequences

For our final project, my group chose to focus on soil. Initially, we had planned to organize an after-school event for local elementary students. Quickly we discovered that the process to clear such an event with the district would be lengthy and likely too bureaucratically complex for us to succeed in such a short period of time. Furthermore, the soils… Read more »

Raisins and Holistic Systems Thinking

Contemplative practices are used to integrate a student or individual’s holistic personal experience into the context of coursework or learning. With this in mind, not only has it been an important tool in allowing students like myself space to reflect on our involvement in the topics of class, it has also been an innovative approach to placing ourselves and our… Read more »

Elevating Maniates and Pollan with Indigenous Food and Land Theory

In his article, Individualization: Plant a Tree, Buy a Bike, Save the World?, author Michael F. Maniates grapples with what he calls the individualization of responsibility that has become embedded into neoliberal environmentalism. This critique starkly undermines Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, which ends with a vague prescription for prudent consumer choices as a method of subverting the industrial… Read more »