This talk offered a brief exploration of two contemporary food subcultures – that of instagram celebrities and that of the food allergy community. As technology-driven proposals about the future of food proliferate, the issue of what social forms they may reproduce should be problematized in innovation, research, and public discourse.
I spent the previous weekend in sunny California at the FARE National Food Allergy Conference. I met tons of great people – adults with food allergies, parents of food allergic kids, FARE staff, business owners, scientists, and others with a connection to the food allergy world. I also ate out a lot – and eating out with a crowd of food allergy-aware people leads to lots of teachable moments!
As many of my readers probably know, I’m currently doing some focused research interviews to learn more about the process of passing stock epinephrine legislation in the United States. Right now, I’m at the end of a reflective and productive weekend for this part of my research. I’m excited to sit down and write for a few minutes to share with you some of my initial ideas.
Check out my 2015 FARE National Food Allergy Conference preview over on the FARE blog!
Since the introduction of the Auvi-Q in early 2013, there has been a price war going on between Sanofi, the maker of the device, and Mylan, maker of the EpiPen. Both devices are epinephrine auto-injectors: single-use devices that contain a single dose of epinephrine and can easily be administered to oneself or to another person with minimal medical training. Both devices are also rising in cost.
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