by Robyn Crang
Anasia Persowich, Acadia
Students will dive into the history of genocide and will explore it's relation to food and starvation in this inquiry project. They will find resources to expand their knowledge and will face questions that trigger their critical thinking and reasoning.
In 1944, a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin sought to create a new term to describe Nazi policies of the systematic murder of Jewish people. Lemkin used the ancient Greek word genos (race, tribe) and the Latin cide (killing) to come up with the new word, “genocide.”
After the Holocaust, the United Nations defined genocide as any of the following actions committed with intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group:
Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, or forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
When we look at genocide, we often think of war, guns, and death but what role does food play in the most relevant events in history? Food or withholding food can be a powerful manipulator and lead to control or death of whole groups or nations. In this project, a closer look will be taken on the relation between genocide and food.