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Agropolis Museum: Food and Agricultures of the World

These virtual exhibitions from the Agropolis Museum in France focus on issues surrounding food acquisition throughout history and across cultures. The History of Food and Agriculture is an extensive online exhibit that visitors can navigate through, and explore in as much depth as they choose. The other two exhibits are more brief, offering comparison information on farming and food consumption...
Chocolate Exhibition

Chicago's Field Museum invites educators to "use the enticing subject of chocolate to teach your class about the intriguing relationship between nature and culture." Click on Educators' Resources to access 12 downloadable lesson plans, 6 of which focus specifically on the relationship between chocolate and the environment. Not only do these lesson plans offer students a fun way to learn about...
The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

Drawing on the extensive collection of books and prints in the Getty Research Institute's Special Collections, the Edible Monument is an online exhibit that testifies to the human passion for food and its use in celebrations and rituals. The 75 items available for perusal here are divided into five main topical areas, such as Festivals, Banquets, Art of Decorative Desserts, and Street Festivals....
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000

When food comes to our mouths, do we think about where it has come from? Sometimes we might, but often, it just passes along unnoticed. This website looks into the world of food during the period from 1950 to 2000, with a special focus on "who does the cooking, where meals are consumed, and what we know (or think we know) about what's good for us." It is all intended to complement an in situ...
Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America

As the introduction to this National Library of Medicine online exhibit notes, "[m]eals can tell us how power is exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes." In this five-part exhibit, visitors can learn more about how food was grown, traded, and cooked in early eighteenth century North America. Through a variety of artifacts (including an eighteenth-century rolling...