Why We Eat What We Eat: Explanations for Human Food Preferences and Implications for Government Regulation

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Why We Eat What We Eat: Explanations for Human Food Preferences and Implications for Government Regulation

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Torpoco, Edward A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-07T03:11:29Z
dc.date.issued 1997 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Why We Eat What We Eat: Explanations for Human Food Preferences and Implications for Government Regulation (1997 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8846767
dc.description.abstract As this paper will demonstrate, however, understanding the reasons behind human food preferences can make a tremendous difference in the well-being of the world's people. To this end, Part II examines two competing theories for the origins of human food preferences: cultural idealism and cultural materialism. The first approach starts from the premise that human food preferences are fundamentally arbitrary--i.e., that food preferences are the results of irrational cultural prejudices--whereas the second theory posits that human food habits are rational adaptations to material conditions. Part III illustrates these two theory's explanations for two well-known food taboos: the American taboo on dog meat and the Indian taboo on cow slaughter. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject cultural idealism en
dc.subject cultural materialism en
dc.subject taboo en
dc.title Why We Eat What We Eat: Explanations for Human Food Preferences and Implications for Government Regulation en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-06-07T03:11:29Z

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