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Food Studies: Web Sites

This guide covers resources for the study of the history and social ramifications of food. See the Nutrition guide for other topics.

Web Sites

Ad Access (Duke University)

An image database of over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering  Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, World War II propaganda, and food - dated between 1911 and 1955.

EDIBLE COMMUNITIES, INC. is a publishing and information services company that creates community-based, local-foods publications in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Through their publications, supporting websites, and events, they connect consumers with family farmers, growers, chefs, and food artisans of all kinds.

New York City Regional Foodshed Initiative

One part of a new national model, The New York City Regional Foodshed Initiative expands the preliminary analysis of the regional capacity to produce food and involves an in-depth examination of the local food production capacity of the New York City Metropolitan Region. The initiative incorporates localized land use, soil type, transportation infrastructure, and climatic conditions to assess production at several scales, as well as actual consumption data for New York City. Additionally, the Initiative allows for comparison of existing regional production and distribution with potential regional production and distribution to identify concrete possibilities for enhancing regional capacity.

 Food Systems Network, NYC - Resources

Food Systems Network NYC has compiled a list of online resources for finding quality local cooking ingredients, eating out at local, farmer-friendly restaurants, getting involved in community gardening, and finding tools, resources, and support for becoming involved in food systems work.

World Food Habits

A bibliogrpahy of English-Language Resources for the anthropology of food and nutrition.

The Food Museum Online

A source for food exhibits, examination of food issues and resources, food history, food fun, food news on The FOOD Museum’s interactive Blog, answers to your food questions, and the museum’s favorite places and things, including restaurants, cafes, books, and films.

The Food Timeline

Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why?  Welcome to the Food Timeline! Food history presents a fascinating buffet of popular lore and contradictory facts. Some people will tell you it's impossible to express this topic in exact timeline format. They are correct. Most foods we eat are not invented; they evolve.

The National Agricultural Library

The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries of the United States, with locations in Beltsville, Maryland and Washington, D.C. It houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries. In fiscal year 2005 (Oct 2004 through Sept 2005) NAL delivered more than 80 million direct customer service transactions.

Association for the Study of Food and Society

 The ASFS was founded in 1985, with the goals of promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society. It has continued that mission by holding annual meetings; the first was in 1987 and since 1992, the meetings have been held jointly with the organization: Agriculture, Food & Human Values.

Organic Farming Research Foundation

The OFRF's mission is to: sponsor research related to organic farming, disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.