Drinking in the Scene: Wine History in Theater

The history of theatre is a very good point of view from which to understand the history of wine. The choice of using plays as the main source for this study derives from factual data: In the Modern Age the theatre was one of the major places of “socialization,” where customs and traditions of the time emerged. This central role is even more amplified during the sixteenth century when the so-called “commercial theater” was born, which was followed not only by the royal court but also by a paying public. If oenological quotes found in plays are more rich and detailed than in the past, it means that a particular type of wine had a specific meaning in the quote and this was well understood by the reader of the time. This study aims to investigate, through oenological quotes found in different plays, the evolution and the persistence of the taste of wine in Europe during the Modern Age, in order to find the most significant models of the oenological evolution and the reasons for the success of a kind of wine.

An Assessment of Nutritional and Chemical Profile of Wild Crassocephalum ruben and Launaea taraxacifolia

Nigeria is blessed with varieties of indigenous vegetables. Many in the wild are underutilized, becoming rare, and going to extinction while cultivated vegetables are becoming expensive. There is need to pay attention to wild vegetables. The proximate, mineral, and antinutritional compositions of “Launea taraxacifolia” and “Crassocephalum rubens” were determined using standard analytical methods. The results of proximate in percentages were: moisture (10.62±0.11; 9.73±0.14), crude protein (26.94±0.56; 21.07±0.24), ash (16.47±0.7; 21.17±0.34), crude fibre (21.68±0.63; 8.65±0.03), crude fat (14.85±0.14; 10.86±0.39) and carbohydrate by difference (9.44±0.61; 28.52±0.52). The antinutrient factors present in mg/g were: tannin (3.22±0.19; 3.07±0.14), oxalate (1.53±0.07; 1.35±0.07), and phytate (0.58±0.01; 1.24±0.07). Amino acid profiles of the leaf protein concentrates of the vegetables revealed the presence of essential and non-essential amino acids in appreciable quantities. Essential mineral elements, phenolic acids, and flavonoids were also detected. The vegetables have good nutritional and chemical potential for promoting good health.

The Political Identity of Food: Partisan Implications of the New Food Politics

Changing perceptions in farming and food policy have partisan implications for American politics. The changing perceptions of farms, farmers, food, agriculture and environment, animal welfare, and food democracy have created liberal and conservative partisan positions in food policy. Political science theories of issue evolution, issue ownership, policy diffusion, and morality policy anticipate partisan sorting on food issues when certain conditions are met. This article will explain the politically meaningful perceptual changes in food politics from a conventional view to a progressive view. It will then examine the way four political science theories explain and predict these changes in the political identity of food.