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In Syria, Considering the Unintended Impact of Emergency Food Aid

Food shortages may have been a contributing factor and a deliberate tactic in Syria’s multi-faceted and complex ongoing conflict. A paper recently published in International Affairs  examines the emergency food relief response and suggests it may be contradictory in nature--having far reaching political implications despite claims of neutrality and worsening the conditions it intends to alleviate...

February 15, 2016 — Layla Eplett
The Sciences

Organically Speaking: The Marketing Language of Organic Food

Foods themselves might be  a mouthful but the accompanying language used to describe foods can say a mouthful. Guy Cook, an applied linguist and Professor of Language in Education at King’s College, explains, “We are influenced by what is said about food offered to us, as much as by the food itself.” Part of his research has explored the influence of language in the marketing of organic food...

January 19, 2016 — Layla Eplett
The Sciences

Talkin' "Turkey": The Linguistic Link Between the Bird and the Country

Awkward conversations can be as much of an annual Thanksgiving tradition as food, family, friends, and football. For those wanting to avoid subjects too political or too personal, consider chatting about what the deal is with a country and a bird having the exact same name.  Safer than some subjects, this Turkey/turkey topic is still subject to dispute, as there are differing explanations for the name...

November 25, 2015 — Layla Eplett
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