Food Topics Brainstorm: Class Discussion on 9/24/13 1. Why GMO?

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Food Topics Brainstorm: Class Discussion on 9/24/13
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Why GMO?
Is it really possible to eliminate malnutrition?
The differences nutritionally between vegetarianism, veganism, omnivorousness.
Animal cruelty
Organic vs. non-organic?
How is “organic” defined? What issues are involved in this definition?
Urban farming: Is it important? What legal issues are involved or should be involved?
What are the positive effects of it? Is it an economically viable use of space?
Why do different cultures eat differently?
What are the benefits of factory farming?
Food in America is treated as more than nutrition: why? How long?
Food as status symbol
Food as art
Food as addiction: obesity, anorexia, binging, etc.
How do people develop taste? Nature vs nurture?
The science of taste
Sugar?
How has rice shaped Asia’s various cultures?
Why are America’s serving sizes so big?
Why is healthy food more expensive than junk/fast food?
Junk food advertising to children: Why is it allowed?
Food marketing?
Noodles: variety, history
Eating customs, manners
Food in movies, food as a story element, symbolism
Farm labor: conditions, laws, immigration, history
Food subsidies
Destruction/withholding of food for economic reasons
Control of monopolies
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