A Growing Interest: Culture, Agriculture, and the Humanities, by Rick Livingston
Readers of Pathways may be surprised to see a humanities magazine devoting space to agriculture. Ohio has a rich history as a farm state, of course, and we know that foodways open a window into ethnic heritage and regional traditions.
But the humanities are usually taken as purely academic subjects, more concerned with lofty ideas than with meat and potatoes. When most of us think of agriculture, it’s generally in the mode that Michael Pollan calls “supermarket pastoral;” the warm glow that comes from seeing full shelves at the grocery store. Aren’t the humanities what we tum to when we’ve finished eating?