Thursday, November 5, 2009

Food, Inc. Discussion Guide

Resource for Grades 9-12, by the Center for Ecoliteracy

Food Inc Fast Food Exercise
Do people have the right to know what is in their food? Should companies be able to own the DNA contained in plant seeds? When deciding what to eat, how much should we consider the workers who pick, process, and transport our food?

These are some of the questions high school students are encouraged to consider in the new Food Inc. Discussion Guide, developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy and released
by Participant Media, the Los Angeles-based entertainment company that produced An Inconvenient Truth, Darfur Now, and The Kite Runner.

The teacher's guide is a companion to the recent documentary, Food, Inc., which takes a critical look at the industrialization of our country's food supply. Participant Media produced the film in collaboration with River Road Entertainment and Magnolia Pictures.

"Food, Inc. has helped launch a vibrant national conversation about the future of food and farming in America," says Michael Pollan, bestselling author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma. "Now the Center for Ecoliteracy's invaluable teacher's guide will help to bring that conversation into the classroom."

The 102-page guide provides questions and activities about the film's themes, including health, sustainability, animal welfare, and workers' rights. It is designed to help high school students make more thoughtful choices about food and participate in a meaningful dialogue about food and food systems.

"This resource demonstrates how to make choices that promote well-being by honoring nature's ways of sustaining life," said Zenobia Barlow, cofounder and executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy."

The guide suggests questions to promote critical thinking and understanding of complex issues. Rather than present specific points of view, the discussion questions are designed to help students explore the issues through a deeper exploration of their own thinking.

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Curriculum Discussion Guide

The Food, Inc discussion guide provides a series of questions to facilitate thoughtful discussions for audiences high school age and older about the issues presented in the film, including health, sustainability, animal welfare and workers’ rights.

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