Food for Thought
Welcome to our Food for Thought page. You will find essential links, questions and video resources here.
You will write an argument paper (around 2,000 – 3,000 words) on any topic related to food.
(A double spaced page contains around 250 words).
Your argument will DOUBLE SPACED and include parenthetical citations and a properly formatted works cited page.
This will be due on Thursday, March 29th (printed and double-spaced with an MLA heading.) You will also upload to Turnitin.com.
Remember that you will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of argument and rhetoric, logical fallacies and the rhetorical appeals and devices.
RESOURCES FOR FORMATTING AND STYLE
Use this fabulous resource to be sure your argument conforms to MLA format and style:
Here is a tutorial on how to create a hanging indent using Google Docs.
Looking for interesting articles for your argument? Look no further…
To find your own topic, you can drill down into either of these two sites, which seem to have bottomless resources:
Excellent resources and blogs here: PBS Food Blogs ( The History Kitchen and Earth Eats has some interesting pieces…)
National Public Radio (NPR) features countless interesting articles, including one on McDonald’s new vegan burger! NPR The Salt
If you would rather gather information from video sources instead of print, here are some fabulous resources : Michael Pollan resources, featuring PBS Documentaries, “Cooked” and “In Defense of Food”
Food and Psychology
- Fascinating article on the psychology of “the licensing effect” : “How Salad Can Make Us Fat”
- Here is a “paid post” on milk from American dairy farmers: “Milk Truth”
- Great piece on how eating habits are changing across the country, and how food companies are struggling to keep up: “A Seismic Shift in How People Eat” by Hans Taparia and Pamela Koch
- Does junk food and poor diet contribute to teen “moodiness” and depression? Teens and Junk Food
- How are our food preferences formed? This article, “Babies Watching People Eat” explores how cultural norms may form our preferences.
- Social eating at college – a problem? Teens, College and Junk Food
- A closer look at the research behind our food fears shows that many of our most demonized foods are actually fine for us. This article provides that closer look. Relax, You Don’t Need to Eat Clean
- Michael Moss on how the food industry manipulates our taste buds: How the Food Industry Manipulates our Taste Buds with Sugar, Salt and Fat
Food and Culture
How does America come together through food? How does this inform our collective history?
This question is central to the exploration of The Kitchen Sister’s site, Hidden Kitchens. This is a fun and enlightening collection of podcasts. Go to the site and click on the red text for the full story, the red button for a little taste (pun intended). My personal favorite story? Weenie Royale. This story explores the unexpected and unintended ramifications in the lives of American citizens of Japanese descent who were confined to internment camps in California during World War II. The Kitchen Sisters
Why so many cooking shows and so little actual cooking in homes?
Intrigued by the disconnect between the dramatic drop of home cooking in the past fifty years, and the increased interest that has turned food preparation into a spectator sport elevating professional chefs into celebrity status, Michael Pollan sets out to investigate what he terms “the Cooking Paradox” and emerges with several hypotheses. How Cooking Civilized Us – Food as Social Glue
Food, Schools and Education
Closing the gap between individuals and their food with education: Founded by Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik, The Farm Project empowers initiatives that reconnect people with food.
New York Times articles on school lunch and education:
The Lunch Tray – the website of the writer/mom who brought down so-called “pink slime,” Bettina Elias Siegel. Great information on the Child Nutrition Act.
Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard
Great article from The Wall Street Journal on schools promoting healthy eating and subsidizing real food:
Bill Moyers and Michael Pollan on school lunch:
A video about new school lunch programs in California – Serving Up School Lunches of Tomorrow
Food, Hunger and Social Justice
Bill Moyers on Food Insecurity, hunger and poverty in the US
Food access research atlas (map of food deserts)
Farming in the 21st Century
Can drones transform the agriculture industry? As Rules Get Sorted Out, Drones May Transform Agriculture Industry
Urban Farming and the story behind food with the Last Chance Foods program on WNYC. http://www.wnyc.org/series/last-chance-foods/
The GMO and Organic Debates – How do our individual values and the food choices we make impact society?
Can organic food feed the world? Food Rules – A Short Stop-Motion Animation Video
GMOs, Transgenic produce, factory farming, biotech and synthetic food
Rockland Farm Alliance: http://rocklandfarm.org/
PRO TRANSGENIC PRODUCE: NY Times feature article: “A Race to Save the Orange by Altering its DNA” by Amy Harmon 7/28/13
CON TRANSGENIC PRODUCE: “Playing God in the Garden” (an exploration of biotech in the home garden)
The Chipotle Debate:
The Honest Scarecrow:
From the New Yorker:
James McWilliams (“The Locavore Myth”) on Chipotle: Chipotle’s Pork Ploy
Sustainability: The Future of Food
How important is sustainability when it comes to our global food sources?
In what ways do our community, state and global processes support or undermine sustainability?
What responsibility do we have as individuals to eradicate world hunger?
Where does personal responsibility end and corporate responsibility begin?
The Language of Composition – Conversation on Sustainable Eating pgs. 958 – 985.
The Lexicon of Sustainability is a web series based on a simple premise: people can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.
In all, nearly two hundred leaders in food and farming from across the country have contributed their valued experiences to this rapidly growing Lexicon of Sustainability. These insights serve as the centerpiece for a series of short films which educate, engage and activate people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.
Students can contribute comments, photos or even short films to this crowd sourced site which allows the public to suggest ideas and even host shows. These methods have helped transform their grassroots project into an international organization with volunteers across the globe.