This collection of essays, written for a Fall 2009 course on Literature & The Environment, takes as its starting point an argument by Michael Pollan that “the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world"; that in contrast to the willful ignorance of industrial food consumption, “To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life can afford quite as much satisfaction."  The goal here is to develop thought-provoking connections between food consumed and / or grown in the Genesee Valley and a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake.

Apples, Bots, and Crawlers: The Genesee Valley's First Information Age -- Ken Cooper on The Genesee Farmer, an early 19th-century publication compared to "the internet in slow motion"

Breaking Bread: The Relationship of Community and Food -- Jonathan Pum visits the nearby Abbey of the Genesee, where Monk's Bread is produced, and has a conversation about "nourishing the mind, the body, and the spirit"

Come, Fill the Cup -- Margaret Wedge sips a glass of Finger Lakes wine as she ponders the cultural obstacles to its adoption by college drinkers

The Corn Play: A Modern Look at the Corn Crisis of 1970-71 -- Regina Ray travels back to the future and an agricultural panic over a fungus called "Race T"

Cornbread Through the Ages -- Megan Castagna looks at two recipes for the same food, 150 years apart, to take the measure of how cuisine changes

Fishing in Conesus Lake -- Lisa Knab asks whether anyone still eats their catch from the nearest Finger Lake, and if that would be a good idea 

A Gluten-Free Diet -- Zack Arthur explains how Celiac Disease confers a unique perspective on the industrial food supply: read the fine print

Local Foods in the Genesee Valley: The Livonia Farmers Market -- Ryan Quinn travels up Route 20A to buy his food from the people who grew it 

Memorials and Memory: The Scorched Earth of the Seneca, Revisited -- Tim Adams discusses the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition of 1779 in the Genesee Valley as a war for natural resources

Migrant Workers in the Genesee Valley: A Life of Instability -- Ashley Arthur on the BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center, and in particular its efforts to publish poems written by farmworkers

Natural vs. Artificial: The Ecology of Cool Whip --Kristin Hauser explores the local origins of a product that has come to symbolize processed foods

Searching For The Livingston County Lunch -- Jillian Capewell assembles the ingredients for our county's self-advertised locavore meal: the peanut butter & jelly sandwich

A Stranger in Geneseo --Seth Bonnell provides some answers to the often-asked question in Geneseo: What's That Smell?

Subsistence and Spirituality: Hunting Practices of the Iroquois -- Anna Mellace, herself "faintly disgusted" by the practice, reconsiders in light of Native American relations with animals

Superior Hard Apple Cider: An Upstate Epic -- Eric Metz raises a toast to the area's first alcoholic beverage of choice, and ponders its return for locavore drinkers

The Square Meal --Casey Carrigan wonders why our city grids, grocery store aisles, and cereal boxes all have the same shape

Strong Hearts: A Syracuse Vegan Café -- Karen Carmeli sits down for a talk with the owner of a local business about putting ethics from the hardcore music scene into daily practice

We'll Make the Best of What's Around: Looking Back at Cookery in the Geneseee Valley -- Mary Rosch explains what contemporary locavores might learn from a region's early cokbooks