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No matter what your major is, what could be more interesting to read and write about than food? After all, everyone eats. In this volume, you will evaluate central concepts around this theme through these questions: What is the purpose of food? What forces affect our food choices? What does it mean to eat ethically? How does our food system contribute to the climate crisis? What is the future of food?
Readings from scientists, journalists, farmers, activists, essayists, ordinary citizens and others take up these issues and more in Food Matters. With this book you will examine food from a diverse range of perspectives and learn to write effectively about them.
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Table of Contents
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About The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series
Preface for Instructors
Contents by Discipline
Contents by Theme
Contents by Rhetorical Purpose
Introduction for Students
Chapter 1. What Is the Purpose of Food?
Michael Pollan, Eat Food: Food Defined
Eric Schlosser, Why the Fries Taste Good
Jill McCorkle, Her Chee-to Heart
Marion Nestle, Eating Made Simple
Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of Eating
Lily Wong, Eating the Hyphen
*Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung, Are You Really Appreciating the Apple?
Chapter 2. What Forces Affect Our Food Choices?
United States Government, Nutritional Guidelines
Dhruv Khullar, Why Shame Won’t Stop Obesity
David H. Freedman, How Junk Food Can End Obesity
*Joe Pinsker, Why So Many Rich Kids Come to Enjoy the Taste of Healthier Foods
*Barry Yeoman, The Hidden Resilience of "Food Desert" Neighborhoods
Mary Roach, Livers and Opinions
*Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Why I’ve Never Learned to Cook
*Stephen Satterfield, I’m a Black Food Writer. Here’s Why We Need More Like Me
Chapter 3. What Does It Mean to Eat Ethically?
Margaret Mead, The Changing Significance of Food
Barbara Kingsolver, You Can’t Run Away on Harvest Day
Bill McKibben, The Only Way to Have a Cow
Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear
Yuval Noah Harari, Industrial Farming is One of the Worst Crimes in History
Blake Hurst, The Omnivore's Delusion: Against the Agri-Intellectuals
*Amanda Little, Stop the Rot
*Chapter 4. How Does Our Food System Contribute to the Climate Crisis?
Jonathan A. Foley, Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?
*Alejandra Borunda, Grocery Stores Are Packed with Plastic. Some Are Changing
*Georgina Gustin, Can a Climate Conscious Diet Include Meat or Dairy?
*Rowan Jacobsen, The Biography of a Plant-Based Burger: One Man’s Mission to Make Meat Obsolete
*Nicole Walker, How to Cook a Planet
*Paul Greenberg, Heartland
*Bren Smith, The Least Deadly Catch: Ocean Farming in the Climate Change Era
*Abaki Beck, How One Tribe Is Fighting for Their Food Culture In the Face of Climate Change
Chapter 5. What is the Future of Food?
David Biello, Will Organic Food Fail to Feed the World?
Robert Paarlberg, Attention Whole Foods Shoppers
*Joon Yun, David Kessler, and Dan Glickman, We Need Better Answers on Nutrition
Richard Marosi, Hardship on Mexico’s Farms, a Bounty for U.S. Tables
Frances Moore Lappé, Biotechnology Isn’t the Key to Feeding the World
*Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle, Recycling Energy
*Selina Wang, The Future of Farming is Looking Up
*Sentence Guides for Academic Writers
Index of Authors and Titles