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Help! Research Topic

I am taking a course in the anthropology of food and I have to write a research paper. It can be pretty much on anything related to food and culture.
I am having a bit of trouble coming up with an interesting research topic. I want to write about something that's exciting to me... it has to be about 20 pages. Also, I prefer the topic to be locally relevant, either in St. Louis, MO, or the US.
Are there any food and culture related questions that you want answered? Or any recent food issues and topics that need to be addressed? I just need ideas, so throw 'em at me!
Thanks :)

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