Food for Thought: Nottingham University Students' Understanding of Science and Food
It is only recently that food has been recognised as a legitimate concern of the social science. With the increasing amount of sociological research devoted to the topics of food, the importance of public understanding of food, health and food safety has captured scholarly attention. Nevertheless, within Science and Technology Studies (STS) the study of food remains marginalised. This paper attempts to bring people’s understanding in science in food production to the public health table. In doing so, it draws upon work in the public understanding of science (PUS). Scepticism about science and a lack of understanding of science are often linked. This assumes a deficit in knowledge on the part of the public. The deficit model, however, has long been criticised for over-simplifying the issues involved. This paper examines Nottingham University students’ discourse and practice about food and their concerns in the recent technologies applied to food production through a case study of Genetically Modified (GM) food.
Keywords: Public Understanding of Science, Food, University Students
PhD Student, ISS (Institute for Science and Society), University of Nottingham