How The Army Made Your Dinner

In Anastacia Marx de Salcedo’s book “Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the US Military Shapes the Way You Eat,” she tells the story of how military developments in food technology have impacted what we find at the grocery store. From canned foods developed by Napoleon’s army, to the current MRE indestructible bags, and the food contents, she paints an amazing picture of how food we love (such as Cheetos, McRib sandwiches, and even energy bars) are the result of government research projects. Bio 102 students will love reading about the ways acetylene gas is broken up to preserve fruits & vegetables longer.   What are favorite food snacks you enjoy?  What are traditional ways of preserving food?  Why is food preservation necessary/How can food change?