NICHOLAS FISHER: M.A. STUDENT of APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY

My name is Nicholas Fisher, and mine is a story engendered by interaction with food production. When I was five years old, a clutch of chicks became the first responsibility of my childhood; I learned to care for them, and upon their maturity, began an enterprise selling eggs to my neighbors. Shortly thereafter, I joined a 4-H organization and involved myself in the swine project, raising Yorkshire and Hampshire hogs for market. In 2006, I graduated out of those projects of my youth and into the busy 'dish pit' of an organic food cooperative's kitchen. The skills that I learned working through the myriad positions of that culinary institution subsidized my tuition for undergraduate coursework in Anthropology, where I studied the effects of globalized agriculture within a critical framework. I then spent a post-baccalaureate year reconnecting with my agricultural roots, volunteering in educational gardens and working on a small organic potato farm, before returning to my studies as a graduate student at Oregon State University.

I was drawn to OSU's Anthropology program due to its applied orientation and Food in Culture and Social Justice option, and to the university at large for its position as an agricultural research institution. This summer, my studies will take me to Ecuador where I will study food practices in urban households; I am specifically interested in how the introduction of new semáforo nutritional labels act as mediating agents in the way that people relate to food, and how different actors define and practice "responsible consumption." For a discussion of my definition of this concept, see here. After this program, I plan to seek a second Master's degree in a field that facilitates a multispecies ethnographic study of agriculturalists and non-human pollinators.

This web page serves the immediate function of allowing me to proacrastinate on a term paper, and long-term as a repository of some of the work that comes out of my acadmeic pursuits at Oregon State.