Impacts of a Borderless Society
You now live in a world where geographic boundaries cease to exist when it comes to goods, services, and even food. Most people think nothing of having freshly squeezed Florida orange juice or New Zealand kiwis for breakfast; even those who live in New York City with 10-inches of snow on the ground in the middle of January. In this day and age, everything and anything is available for consumption year-round at a local grocery store if you have the financial means.
Although it may be an “unintended consequence,” these conveniences can come with potentially major ecological and economic impacts that are both positive and negative. For example, the coffee you drink may come from beans imported from Columbia, the sugar you use may come from India, or the steaks you sear on the grill may have come from Argentina. How much fuel was spent transporting these products across land and ocean? Were any pesticides used? If so, was it done in a sustainable fashion? Were forests cleared to make room for grazing herds or larger agricultural fields? These are just a few of the many questions that should be considered when making selections at the grocery store.
Using the Internet, your textbook or the library, conduct your own research to learn more about the variety of ways in which foods can be acquired:
Carolyn, C. (2007). 100 miles and counting. Retrieved from http://www.bizlink.com/foodfiles/PDFs/apr2007/editorial.pdf
Jonathan, K. (2010). Eat Green: Our everyday food choices affect global warming and the environment. Retrieved from https://www.nrdc.org/globalWarming/files/eatgreenfs_feb2010.pdf
Think Global, Buy Local: A new study looks at the impact of buying local produce on local economies. (2014). Retrieved from http://foodtank.com/news/2014/04/think-global-buy-local-a-new-study-looks-at-the-impact-of-buying-local-prod
Local & Regional Food Systems. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.sustainabletable.org/254/local-regional-food-systems
For this Assignment, you will write a 1000-word essay in which you analyze a single meal you eat. Please be sure the meal has a minimum of four components. For example:
Beef steak, baked potato, butter, and 2% milk.
Eggs scrambled with cheese, strawberries, and coffee.
Peanut butter, grape jam, white bread, and potato chips.
Address the following questions as you write your Assignment:
Meal analysis: Discuss the events and methods of production that allow major grocery chain stores to carry these items.
Source identification: If you were to purchase each item at a major grocery chain store, where would these items be sourced? For example, where were the fruits or vegetables grown, or meats raised immediately prior to sale? Do not discuss the history or origin of the item (e.g., corn or maize originated in Mexico around 2500 BC.), but instead, the corn was grown and harvested from a central New Jersey farm.
Farming and labor practices: What farming methods were likely used to grow these items, and how do these methods impact the environment around the farms as well as the employees who work within these establishments?
Packaging, processing and shipping: Were the items grown and shipped in from another country? What types of processing and packaging must take place in order for you to be able to purchase the product?
Economic and ecological analysis of food choice: Discuss the ecological and economic advantages and disadvantages of purchasing food items that are locally sourced versus those shipped from other areas of the country and from around the world. Use your assigned Reading for this unit, as well as supplemental sources, to explore the impacts our food purchases may have on the environment and economy and how these choices influence multiculturalism and diversity around the globe.
Applying food choice to Think Globally, Act Locally: The food choices people make have the potential to generate both local and global impacts and potentially serve as solutions to some of the challenges discussed so far. This concept can be summarized in the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Discuss:
How you would interpret this phrase based upon your meal analysis. For example, if you were to follow the suggestions shared within the articles provided above, where could you obtain the items (name specific local places within your community)? If a food item is not available locally, is there an alternative that you could use as a substitute?
How can your individual actions and the choices you make when planning and buying meals serve as a possible solution, and how they may possibly change in the future?
How your choices, when combined with those of others, can have a global impact.
Basic Writing Expectations:
At least 1000 words not counting the title or reference pages.
Include a title page, double space, font size 10 or 12.
Use a minimum of five sources (at least one from the KU Library). I will take care of the Library source prior to submitting the paper.
Include a highly developed viewpoint/thesis, purpose, and exceptional content.
Demonstrate superior organization: use logic.
Free of grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.
No evidence of plagiarism.
Use the APA style for all citations.
Be original and insightful with no more than 10% taken verbatim from any outside sources.
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