Just to start, here's a few questions and ideas and even a few links:
- Where can we get decent or sustainable food locally? http://www.oeffa.org/ and the Good Earth Guide search page at http://www.oeffa.org/search-geg.php Lucky's Market close to OSU main campus http://luckysmarket.com/columbus.html
- There are many other places and even the big chain stores have large natural or organic sections, obviously. About 12 percent of all produce sales now are organic, so the market is growing very swiftly and retailers realize this. Trader Joes? Kroger? Giant Eagle? Whole Foods? Others?
- What does the food industry say in response to these criticisms we see in Fresh? How much influence does this industry have and who are the big players?
- Does natural mean natural? What is the role of packaging and advertising in the food we eat?
- on the other hand, what is "greenwashing" and how can the good intentions to buy an environmentally responsible product be manipulated?
- If we have to eat fast food, which chain and which meals specifically are the best?
- Why is there some debate about the quality or standards for food labeled USDA organic?
- What are GMOs and why is GMO and food labeling a big issue currently?
- We know we have challenges in this country with the cost of health care. What are they? How much money do people actually spend on health care?
What are the biggest expenses or worst illnesses to try to get care for?
- We know we have a juvelile and adult diabetes problem. Why does this occur?
- We know we have an obesity epidemic among segments of our population. Who is being affected?
- We know some young people struggle with body image and that there may be a false perception of what a healthy body or diet looks like. How thin is too then? What kind of exercise is the best and most needed?
There are so many related issues, but the only way we really start to learn is if we start to dig and look for information. Curiousity is the catalyst of all learning!
1--So now do some research. You've read Pollan. You've seen the film and read each other's posts and commented on them. Now look into a question you want answered or an issue you think you need to know more about.Use one of mine to get your started, or go totally on your own. Satisfy your own question.
2--Then, after finding at least two sources on this subject, tell us what you have looked into and discovered. Share your ideas in the Comments section of this post, so that we can have them all in one place, and include the links for your research at the end of your Comment, please. We are a lot smarter as a class than we are individually, so let's work to share your curiousity and our research!