Quo Vadis? A radio documentary examining Irish food in 2016

Carroll, Kimberly (2016) Quo Vadis? A radio documentary examining Irish food in 2016. Masters thesis, Griffith College.


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The topic of this documentary is an informing and revealing examination of Irish food in 2016 from the viewpoints of a chef, a nutritionist, a farmer, a small food producer, a person recently diagnosed with diabetes, a consumer trends analyst and a meat quality manager. Through these voices, this documentary outlines the crisis that Irish food faces in 2016. The experience of being Irish would be very different without some of the key foods that are grown and produced in this country to such a high standard. However, it was found that there seemed to be a lack of excitement and interest around the topic of Irish cuisine, with young Irish people in 2016 more inclined towards burgers or fries than potatoes or soda bread. A dramatic change in Ireland’s eating habits is revealed, having happened in a relatively short space of time. This coincides with the rise of science, technology, global trade and the supermarket. This radio documentary outlines how trust in food products has decreased in recent years as the Irish farming economy has been fraught with disease, while more and more Irish people choose to simply cut dairy, wheat or meat from their diet. As a result of these changes, public health has been affected through an increase in obesity and diabetes. Especially worrying is the increase in the obesity of children and the potential health problems associated with chemical additives and sugar addiction. The Irish public are called to reconsider their choices in terms of nutrition and to return to authentic Irish food in order to protect their heritage, culture, society and health. Food is one of Ireland’s most important items of trade in the global market, so it is clear that other nations see something that the Irish don’t. This documentary explores the relationship that the Irish people have with food, how that relationship has affected health and prosperity in their country, and asks the question: where to next?

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Radio documentary, Irish cuisine, Public health, Perceptions of Food
Divisions: Faculty of Journalism & Media Communications > MA in Journalism & Media Communications
Depositing User: Ms Dimphne Ni Bhraonain
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:54
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 15:02
URI: http://go.griffith.ie/id/eprint/62

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