Furman offers a wide variety of resources about food systems. Resource topics range from organic farming to the obesity epidemic to public policy. The Duke Library on Furman's campus has a great collection of films, books, and articles. Greenville and the Upstate offer an array of local experts as well. Whether you are looking for a film or book on food systems or looking to gain more insight on a certain topic, our options below can help you get started.
Type of resource
Food Systems Overview
Fast Food Nation
Topics: Fast Food Restaurants, Food Industry and Trade, and Convenience Foods in the United States
Topics: Food Prices, Dairy Products Industry, Quality Control, Cereal Products Industry, Meat Industry and Trade, Produce Trade
Ripe for Change
Topics: Agriculture and State, History, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Industry and Trade
Bullshit: A Film
Topics: Agriculture, Women political activists, Farmers, Globalization, Environmental protection, Genetically modified foods
Linking sustainable agriculture and public health: Opportunities for realizing multiple goals
Topics: Public Health; Sustainable Agriculture; Farm Policy; Food; Diet
Publication: Hamm MW. (in press). Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.
Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?
Topics: Forecasts and Trends, Management, Food Supply, Agriculture – Methods, Agriculture Production
Publication: Foley, J. A. (2011). Scientific American, 305(5), 60-65.
Food for thought
Topics: Food Security, Food Production, Sustainability
Publications: Godfray, H. C. J. (2011). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(50), 19845-19846.
The Tightening Conflict: Population, Energy Use, and The Ecology of Agriculture
Topics: Agriculture – Technical Development; Sustainable living
Publication: Giampietro, M. and Pimentel, D. (1994). The Tightening Conflict: Population, Energy Use, and The Ecology of Agriculture. Retrieved from http://dieoff.org/page69.htm.
Production and Processing
Topics: Food prices, Dairy products industry, Quality control, Cereal products industry, Meat industry and trade, Produce trade
Our Daily Bread
Topics: Factory farms, Farm corporations, Food industry and trade
Topics: Right to water, Bottled water industry
Topics: Agriculture, Seed industry and trade, Agricultural innovations, Genetic engineering, Green revolution, Globalization
Global food demand and the sustainable intensification of agriculture
Topics: United States, Agriculture, Management, Biodiversity, Food Supply
Publication: Tilman, D., Balzer, C., Hill, J., & Befort, B. L. (2011). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(50), 20260-20264.
Agricultural sustainability and intensive production practices
Topics: Systems, Fresh-Water, Agriculture – Methods, Consequences, Ecosystems
Publication: Tilman, D., Cassman, K. G., Matson, P. A., Naylor, R., & Polasky, S. (2002). Nature, 418(6898), 671-677.
Soil and Trouble
Topics: Soil Erosion
Publication: Anonymous. (2004). Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5677), 1614-1615.
Assessing the water challenge of a new green revolution in developing countries
Topics: Water Productivity, Food, Consumptive Water Use, Food Security, Wheat
Publication: Rockstrom, J., Lannerstad, M., & Falkenmark, M. (2007). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(15), 6253-6260.
Air pollution and odor in communities near industrial swine operations
Topics: Environmental Justice; Rural Health; Community-based Participatory Research; Exposure; Agriculture
Publication: Wing, S., Horton, R. A., Marshall, S. W., Thu, K., Tajik, M., Schinasi, L., & Schiffman, S. S. (2008). Environmental Health Perspectives, 116(10), 1362-1368.
Distribution and Access
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan (2012)
Topics: Food supply, Food industry and trade – United States; food habits – Economic aspects – United States; American cooking
Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty by Mark Winne (2008)
Topics: Hunger, Prevention, Economic Assistance, Domestic, Poverty
Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It by Kelly D. Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen (2004)
Topics: Prevention and Control, Obesity, Food Industry, Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Food Habits
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle (2007)
Topics: Nutrition Policy – Moral and Ethical Aspects, Politics, Food
Topics: Food stamps, nutrition, and obesity in the United States
Topics: Diet, Food habits, Processed Foods, Convenience Foods, Food Industry and Trade, Obesity, and Nutritionally Induced Diseases in the United States
We Feed the World
Topics: Agriculture, Plant biotechnology, Food crops, Sustainable agriculture, Agricultural systems
Disparities and access to healthy food in the United States: A review of food deserts literature.
Topics: Food Access, Vegetable Access, Food Desert – United States; Socioeconomic Status
Publication: Walker, R.E., Keane, C. R., & Burke, J G. (2010). Health & Place, 16, 876-884.
Food miles and the relative climate impacts of food choices in the United States
Topics: Life cycles; Environmental Assessment; Food; Environmental Science
Publication: Weber CL, Matthews S. (2008). Environmental Science and Technology, 42, 3508-3513.
Preparation and Consumption
Topics: Agriculture, Fertilizers, Farms, Processing, Corn products industry, Corn as food
Topics: Family, Farm Produce, Food Consumption, Food Supply, and Local Foods
High intake of palatable food predicts binge-eating independent of susceptibility to obesity: An animal model of lean vs obese binge-eating and obesity with and without binge-eating
Topics: Nutrition and Dietetics; Gene-Expression; Stress
Publication: Boggiano, M. M., Artiga, A. I., Pritchett, C. E., Chandler-Laney, P. C., Smith, M. L., & Eldridge, A. J (2007). International Journal of Obesity, 31, 1357-1367.
Dual-modality disclaimers, emotional appeals and production techniques in food advertising airing during programs rated for children: Is there a good balance?
Topics: Food marketing; child obesity
Publication: Wicks, J.L., Warren, R., Fosu, I., & Wicks, R.H. (2009). Journal of Advertising, 38, 93-105.
Environmental factors that increase the food intake and consumption volume of unknowing consumers
Topics: Obesity Epidemic; Social Facilitation; Nutrition and Dietetics; Environmental Influences; Feeding Behavior – Psychology
Publication: Wansink, B. (2004). Annual Review of Nutrition, 24, 455–579.
School food, public policy, and strategies for change
Topics: School food – United States
Publication: Nestle, M. (2012). Center for Ecoliteracy.
Waste, Recycling, and Amendment
Big River: A King Corn Companion
Topics: Agriculture, Farms, Corn products industry, Agricultural pollution, Environmental aspects, Herbicides
Dive: Living Off of America's Waste
Topics: Environmental aspects, Pollution, Runoff, Water quality management, Water
No Impact Man
Topics: Environmentalism, Environmental Responsibility, Green Movement, Environmental Protection
For the Price of a Cup of Coffee
Topics: Waste paper, Drinking cups, Environmental aspects, Recycling (Waste, etc.), Paper containers, Coffeehouses