The guiding Question for our unit is "How does the food you eat affect not only you, but the world around you." The Outcome is that they produce some type of campaign to promote their opinion on the food systems in America and the world. Students are given the foundational skills to understand the food system that Michael Pollan refers to as the "industrial Food system" and using his book "Omnivore's Dilemma" we take a look into the supermarket and fast food to create an awareness.
Students react many different ways to this book from apathetic, to suddenly engaged in their own eating habits, or consumer habits. My goal for this Project Based Learning unit it to allow as much freedom of choice as possible.
The end result in November is a "Food for Thought" fair in which my students will construct a campaign rooted in research and evidence they explored themselves and in small groups. I have never used such an open ended format and in talking with my instructional coach, we discovered what seems like a valuable resource. The only problem is, we are already started on the unit.
They are now branching off into their "passion" for how what they eat does to themselves and the world. I am asking them to research with focus on one area, (Health, environment, business, law) . Next, they will be writing an Op/ed piece and attempting to publish it to a local paper. The goal is that they get their message out there and try to inspire change, or continued efforts of those who delve specifically in their area of interest. This is where Nepris comes in I hope!
How bad is the industrial food system at keeping America healthy?
How regulated are CAFO's?
Are there changes coming to help American's find a healthy balance of foods?
How does what we eat in America affect the worlds population of meat eaters?
How does eating meat affect pollution and global warming?
What are some other unintended consequences of eating animals raised for human consumption?
How do lobbyists and lawyer perpetuate the problem?
Who really benefits from the industrial way of eating? So much sugar and corn hidden in our food.
Does it really lead to heart disease? Diabetes? How can it be reversed.
The goal is to reach out to industry experts about the effects of the industrial food system on the human body, the waste systems, the treatment of CAFO animals, or any other animals used for human consumption, environmentalists , health care workers, farmers, lawyers, business owners, lobbyists, etc.
Students need to understand that their are many resources available to them, they should be looking for unbiased experts in their fields to support their campaigns.
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