Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, March 15th

Starter 3.15:  How much should the food industry be regulated by government laws?  What sorts of things should and shouldn’t be regulated?

What is a "muckraker"?  
(Michael Pollan is a contemporary one, nowadays known as an investigative journalist.)
What impact can muckraking journalism have on social issues and problems? What are other examples of effective muckraking?

A Century Ago's Muckraking Journalism and the Food Industry:
Throwback to Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1906)

What is the FDA?  
Why does it exist?  Should it exist?
Does the food industry have too many regulations?  Not enough? What are some examples?

What is your reaction to this information?  Do you think the federal government should play a role in the food industry?  How important are regulations on food? What happens if labor and food safety laws are lax or deregulated?  Whose interests are served by this?

Your choice:
Reading Time
More Four Corners?
PART 3 of the book is due the Wednesday after break!

Possible Four Corners
  • It’s not that important how food animals live; after all, they were born to be our food.
  • The FDA should heavily regulate what food companies put into our food.
  • GMO’s are an amazing technology that we should not be afraid of.
  • I would give up produce from far away to reduce my carbon footprint.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thursday, March 14th


Starter 3.14: Watch this video:  Whole Foods CEO interview
To what degree do you see America’s relationship with food evolving?  Is the Whole Foods CEO expressing a greater societal shift in thinking or is it just specific to their niche market?  What do you see in your own generation?

Watch clip from Food, Inc. “Big Organic

Four Corners
Eating organic food is worth the extra cost and effort.

Honors: Cat's Cradle seminar!

Work Time:

  • Read for tomorrow: Excerpt from The Jungle
    • Annotate questions and underline a few passages that strike you!
  • Keep reading The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Catch up any starters and journals
  • Philosophy project work?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday, March 13th

Journal 3.13:  What is your reaction to the content of this film?  As a teenager, where does this info hit you? Does the film inspire you to make any changes?

To what degree is the health value of food a factor in your own personal food ethic?  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday, March 12th

Starter 3.12: Is factory farming worth the trade-offs?  What you be willing to give up in order to have a different agricultural paradigm?
  • Share Out: 3.6 (review) and 3.12

What is the deal with “Food Miles”?

Table Groups: One person scribe your answers in a Google Doc and share with Jessica.
  • What is his thesis?
  • What are the main points that he makes to support his perspective?
  • Brody asks:  “Is the correlation of prosperity with processed and packaged foods nearly 1.0?  Do you answer yes? Why or why not? Can you push back on this claim? How?
  • How does the perspective of this article change or complicate how you are processing the book (if at all)?
  • Come up with a Four Corners prompt related to this topic

The benefits of the industrial food system are worth the drawbacks

I would rather go back to local food systems of yesteryear even if it meant I sacrificed diversity

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday, March 11

Quiz, Part 1 of The Omnivore's Dilemma

When finished, read Part 2 for Wednesday.  
Honors/OG version:  This is the first two chapters of Part 2, Chs. 8 and 9.

Also Honors....
Cat's Cradle seminar tomorrow!  Be prepared!
Conference with me this week!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday, March 7th

Starter 3.7:  In your own words, explain the concept of the “omnivore’s dilemma” and how it is relevant to the modern American eater.  How do you personally experience this dilemma?

Work Time:

Read Part 1 of The  Omnivore’s Dilemma and work through Study Guide Part 1

Cat's Cradle seminar Tuesday, March 12
Next week: Schedule a time to conference with me about your plans for Essay #1

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wednesday, March 6th

Starter 3.6:  Make a brief list of ADVANTAGES of the food system in the United States.  What do we love and celebrate about it?

1. Do you have to do SLC’s?  Here is the template for SLC Action Plans.

2. READ READ READ!!!  Use the Study Guide to prepare for next Monday’s quiz.
3. Need advice on ART for your philosophy project? Take advantage of Roxy's presence here to conference with her.