Who owns the company that makes the items of food you consume the most

Patterns of Consumption

 

Your final project challenges you to position yourselves as agents and actors in the global world. It personalizes your understanding of globalization because it illuminates its local impact by using the intimate experience of your own consumption habits.

In writing your paper, you need to analyze how, rather than independent individuals making choices, we are all subjects of larger global forces that originate elsewhere, precede us, and which shape and determine those choices.

 

PROCESS

Step 1: During the four weeks preceding the due date for this paper, you will keep a journal of your consumption patterns. Keep track of the food and drink you buy and record their place of origin. Research the brand of packaged foods (for instance find out whether the company is owned by Unilever, Nestle, General Mills, etc.) Also, write down the first three ingredients (i.e. those which make up most of the item). If you are not sure, (i.e. when you eat at a restaurant), ask the owner who their suppliers are (Kroger, Wal-Mart, etc, and go there to get a sense of where the food comes from). If you can’t figure it out, write it down too (that in itself is relevant).

Use a notebook or a word document which you update weekly, and which you will turn in together with your final paper.

 

Step 2: At the end of the four weeks, reread your notes and reflect on the following:

· Was it easy to track where your food came from?

· Do you know all that is in your food?

· What is the item that shows up most often? (corn, wheat, sugar, etc.)

· Who owns the company that makes the items of food you consume the most?

· How does the journey of your food from farm to plate illustrate some things we learned in class? (economic globalization, free trade agreements, subsidies, strategic role of food nationally and globally, etc.)

 

Write a 3 page analysis using the findings of your research. You need to include ideas and concepts from class readings on globalization and food.

Format:

· 3 pages Time New Roman 12, double spaced

Rubric

Short project 3 (2)

Short project 3 (2)
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrasp of concepts about globalization

Paper summarizes and explains accurately concepts and ideas from class readings. It demonstrates mastery of theoretical material discussed in class, references to class readings (Patel, Steger, Pollan) or documentaries (Food inc.). Some of the concepts correctly used: globalization, glocalization, economic globalization, political globalization, TNC, market globalism, justice globalism, fragmegration, the hourglass shape of the global food system, food sovereignty, free trade, nation-state, consumers.

60.0 pts

Paper summarizes and explains accurately concepts and ideas from class readings. It demonstrates mastery of theoretical material discussed in class, references to class readings (Patel, Steger, Pollan) or documentaries (Food inc.). Some of the concepts correctly used: globalization, glocalization, economic globalization, political globalization, TNC, market globalism, justice globalism, fragmegration, the hourglass shape of the global food system, food sovereignty, free trade, nation-state, consumers.

32.0 pts

Paper summarizes and explains mostly correctly relevant concepts and ideas from class readings. It demonstrates a generally correct of theoretical material discussed in class, references to class readings (Patel, Steger, Pollan) or documentaries (Food inc.). Some of the concepts correctly used: globalization, glocalization, economic globalization, political globalization, TNC, market globalism, justice globalism, fragmegration, the hourglass shape of the global food system, food sovereignty, free trade, nation-state, consumers.

26.0 pts

Paper shows some understanding of class concepts, but not consistent. Occasional mistakes or inaccurate uses of concepts and class material

10.0 pts

Insufficient

60.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeApplication of concepts to one’s consumption patterns

The paper correctly and consistently applies class concepts and references to class readings to one’s consumption patterns. Rather than just a narrative summary of the foods consumed or of the obstacles faced when researching their place of origin, the paper consists of an analysis of what this individual case illuminates, which is relevant for larger global patterns.

60.0 pts

The paper correctly and consistently applies class concepts and references to class readings to one’s consumption patterns. Rather than just a narrative summary of the foods consumed or of the obstacles faced when researching their place of origin, the paper consists of an analysis of what this individual case illuminates, which is relevant for larger global patterns.

32.0 pts

The paper correctly applies class concepts and references to class readings to one’s consumption patterns, although not consistently. The paper provides an analysis of what this individual case illuminates, although there are many passages that summarize one’s patterns of consumption.

26.0 pts

The paper shows the ability to connect one’s patterns of consumption to the class material, although it is inconsistently used. The research is superficial and the paper often summarizes rather than analyzes the data.

10.0 pts

Insufficient

60.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyle and structure

The paper is well organized and well written. There are no typos, no grammatical errors, no sentence fragments. The text flows coherently and is easy to read, it has a discernible structure, an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

30.0 pts

Exceptional

8.0 pts

Good

7.0 pts

Insufficient

5.0 pts

Satisfactory

30.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFood journal

Journal demonstrates a consistent effort to track down the place of origin of the foods, or the first three ingredients and mother company (for processed foods). There is evidence of effort in researching suppliers for the food consumed in places like restaurants, delis, cafeterias. The journal covers 3 weeks, is organized, and complete.

40.0 pts

Journal demonstrates a consistent effort to track down the place of origin of the foods, or the first three ingredients and mother company (for processed foods). There is evidence of effort in researching suppliers for the food consumed in places like restaurants, delis, cafeterias. The journal covers 3 weeks, is organized, and complete.

21.0 pts

The journal makes an effort to track down the place of origin, but htis is not always carried through consistently. Generally, there is enough information on the ingredients and the place of origin of the foods, or the first three ingredients and mother company (for processed foods).

9.0 pts

There is some effort to research the place of origin, but it does not go deep enough. Often the ressearch is very superficial and does not go beyond the label or the persons the student approached. the food journal is generally well organized, but not very thorough

0.0 pts

Insufficient

40.0 pts
Total Points: 190.0

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