Risk and Change in Everyday Food Habits
During my study period, there has been a tremendous change in food habits in the village, from more traditional food to semi-manufactured food, and in the last fieldwork more local grown food. Preventive medicine and risk for disease have gradually been integrated in their everyday food choices. The women were the drivers to change the families food habits in accordance with official health advises. Sometimes the women had to “force” the men to change their diet. For men food was not only about health, they wanted food that tasted good, and they liked traditional, “unhealthy” food. During my last fieldwork (2014/15), the men in the village were the drivers for implementing more local grown food. They said that local food tasted better. They also argued that it is healthier since it is “cleaner”. Men has also started taking up fishing, hunting, and they have invested in expensive equipment in order to preserve food.
In this paper I will discuss the changes in food habits in this village in relation to their perception of food, risk and health. The relationship between the genders will also be discussed.