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Wednesday
March 30th, 2016
7:00-8:30 PM

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Kirkwood, MO

Nature and the Nazi Diet


Associate Professor of History

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.


Conflicts over genetically modified crops have become a regular feature of the daily news. Advocates of transgenic crops decry the irrational and unscientific fears of their opponents. In contrast, critics lambast the environmental and political naiveté of their opponents and accuse them of trying to hide behind a mantle of science. Conflicts such as these go back at least to the Nineteenth Century, when worries about “artificial” and “natural” aspects of food and farming first came into wide discussion. I will talk about my research into the history of natural foods and farming in Nazi Germany. Why did the state encourage Germans to eat and farm more naturally? What did “natural” mean in the context of a genocidal regime? What practical results came of the regime's ideological commitment to making foods and farming more natural? Finally, how does this episode help us understand our own historical moment better?

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Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, at the Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.


Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion until 8:30 PM.

Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.
105 E. Jefferson Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314)966-2739

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