Project #84288 - Discussion Boards from the book Food Matters: A Bedford Reader Spotlight

1. LIFE AFTER FOOD

 

Watch this full length version of the documentary film, Life After Food.

 

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/life-after-food/

 

In this documentary, Doctor Anelise Engle says that eating is "not just fort he body to survive but also involves pleasure and involves socialization." What evidence is presented in Food Matters to support her claims? What evidence could be used to complicate or argue against it? How do you think the future will be impacted by such manufactured foods?


Using the campus library resources, located two other sources that discuss the impact of biotechnological food production to develop your response to these questions. Use textual evidence to support your responses. As always, using MLA format, include intext citation and works cited.

Answers to the discussion boards should be no less than 200 words each.

2. WHAT THE WORLD EATS

Locate several (3 to 5) diverse images of food and people in your community. Post each image seperately to the discussion thread and define each one by answering the following questions about each photo.

1. What does the image tell us about the purpose food serves in the lives of the people portrayed in the image?

2. How would Michael Pollan (p. 9 Food Matters) and Wendell Berry, (p.64 Food Matters) analyze the photograph you selected?

Answers to the discussion boards should be no less than 200 words each.

3. PLEASURES OF EATING

What is the "pleasures of eating," according to Berry? Compare the way Berry describes the purpose of food to the ways Jill McCorkle (p. 30 Food Matters) and Jordan Shapiro (p. 50 Food Matters) defines it. Use intext citations.

Answers to the discussion boards should be no less than 200 words each.

4. RECLAIMING TRUE GRITS

 

Compare Terry's description of "true grits" to Wong's description of Chinese dumplings (p. 40 Food Matters) and Sin's description of Doberge Cakes (p. 45 Food Matters). How do they define what the purpose and meaning of food is? What do they say about the relationships between food, culture, race and ethnicity?

 

Answers to the discussion boards should be no less than 200 words each.

5. A COW AT THE TABLE

 

Watch this full length version of the documentary film, A Cow at my Table. by Jennifer Abbott .

 

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/a-cow-at-my-table/

 

Film critic Cameron Bailey of Toronto's NOW Magazine says "this film offers more questions than answers." Select an open ended question this film proposes, and then answer it from each of the perspectives of Singer (p. 178 Food Matters) Kingsolver (p. 184 Food Matters) Steiner (p. 195 Food Matters), McKibben (p. 200 Food Matters), and Hurst (p. 204 Food Matters). Use textual evidence to support your responses. As always, using MLA format, include intext citation and works cited.

Answers to the discussion boards should be no less than 200 words each.

6. DO FOODIES CARE ABOUT WORKERS?

Kohn implies that any food movement that aims for moral integrity necessarily must consider food workers rights. Idove (p. 101 Food Matters) describes "foodie" culture as focused purely on pleasure and consumption for consumption's sake. Is there a way to reconcile the two positions? Should social justice play a role in our food choices, or is eating for sheer pleasure morally justifiable? As you take a position on this debate, anticipate potential objections and carefully think through how you will argue against them. Be sure to use proper MLA citations.

7. AMAZONIA

 

Watch this full length version of the documentary film, Amazonia: Healing with Sacred Plants by Miguel Heded Abraham.

 

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/amazonia-healing-with-sacred-plants/

 

As the shaman Javier Zavala states in this documentary "the plant [Ayahuasca] touches our depths, our hearts, our emotion, and connects us with forgiveness" and gives a psychotherapeutic healing for spiritual well-being.

How does this impact how you defined the purpose of food in your own life?

Skim through Nestle and Fukuoka's essays in Food Matters to help substantiate your claim. Use intext citations to cite information from the film and from the book.

 

Answers to the discussion boards should be no less than 200 words each.

 

 

 

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