Timmerman Worksheet

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Timmerman Worksheet HMXP 102 Dr. Fike Note: You must bring this handout and Kelsey’s book to class, and you ought to go through the entire list of concepts on your own as homework. That means marking your books.

STEP ONE (40 minutes)

: In your groups, use an arrow (  or  ) to indicate Kelsey’s attitude toward each concept. Underline or circle items that he considers ambiguous (both positive and negative). Obviously, you need to go to the indicated pages and mark your book as you are doing this exercise. Start where your row is indicated but cover as many concepts as possible.

Negative Neutral Positive ROW 1

: COOL law 5, 199 Importation 6 Environmental psychology 8 Fair Trade 10, 258 Migration from farm to city 11, 115, 266 Overnourishment, malnourishment 11 Outsourcing 12 Sustainability 12, 52, 58-59, 142, 146 National food security 12 Sense of overarching connectedness 12, 52, 141, 152, 241, 263, 266 Climate change, global warming 13, 23, 100, 210 Valuable agricultural commodities 15, etc. Economic inequity 25, 37 Commodification > value 26 Bureaucracy 33 Clever marketing 35 The Starbucks effect 35 Weaving 46 Ethnic chauvinism 47 The Law of Origin (sustainability) 48, 51

ROW 2

: Non-self-sufficiency 49 Image > culture 51 Understanding > possessions 51 Americans ecological footprint 52 GMOs 52, 238 Environmentalism 54 Spraying, pesticides 55, 238 Wireless connectivity 57 Possessions > values 60 Slavery 66, 108 “African Miracle” 73 Farm subsidies vs. free market 75

Overproduction and market value 76 Value-added product 79, 98 Child labor 90 Global food chain as a hourglass 98, 25 Rite of passage 112 Education 58, 99, 119, 128, 135, 140, 142, 227 EARTH University, closed loop system 134, 144

ROW 3

: Banana Republic 138 Monocultures, homogeneity 141, 148, 238, 265 Spiritual component 141 Rural small-scale farming 142, 146, 238 CAFOs 143 Industrialized agriculture 143-44 Biodiversity 144, 149-50, 263 Positive feedback loop 144 Peace, justice 144 Green Revolution 145 Round-Up ready seeds, “suicide seeds,” “terminator technology” 145 Composting, natural adversaries, cover cropping, reforestation 146-47 Tight margins 151 Consolidation 151 Loss leader 151 Work on a banana plantation 158

Solidarismo

> workers’ rights of association 160-61, 238

ROW 4

Overpopulation 162 Workers’ physical and mental stress 162 : Communist threat 170, 186 Decompression sickness 173-74 Lobster: life, luxury 189 Hypocrisy 191 Underwater genocide 192 Quality fade 200 Deforestation, erosion, desertification 220 Ecological reclamation and balance 220 The Slow Food movement 238 Fast food 238 Seed banks 238 Agribusiness, industrial agriculture 238, 259, 263 Racism, xenophobia 243 Ethanol 247 Financial speculation and growth 248 (Vegetarianism) 250 Autism 255 Casein- and gluten-free diet 255 Being a glocal 259 Genetic and cultural diversity 265

STEP TWO (15 minutes)

: Answer the following questions, using the items in step one to establish strands (a strand is a list of things that are similar to each other). Negatives (

ROW 1

): What features and consequences of the current global food system is Kelsey criticizing? In other words, what items in the list from step one would he diminish or eliminate altogether? Positives (

ROW 2

): If Kelsey could adjust the global food system, what would it look like? In other words, which items from the list in step one would receive greater emphasis or be more prevalent? Attitudes (

ROWS 3 & 4

): Here are four positive attitudes whose value Kesley wants you as a reader to adopt. They are the lessons he wants you to take away from your reading of his book. What does each mean? Why is each important? Why does each stand out more than other positive items on the list? Respond to each in a few sentences.     Connectedness ( Education ( Glocalism (

ROW 3 ROW 3

Environmentalism (

ROW 4

) )

ROW 4

) )

STEP THREE (15 minutes or homework if we run out of time)

: The final step in today’s exercise is an individual writing experience. Based on your understanding of the list in step one, write a letter to your senator or representative in the U.S. Congress. You just read Kelsey’s book, and you are writing to call your lawmaker’s attention to X problem and to advocate for Y solution. In other words, now that you have read and discussed

Where Am I Eating?

, what is your greatest concern and why? If any time remains, which is doubtful, we will watch part of

The Dark Side of Chocolate

. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vfbv6hNeng

BRING THIS HANDOUT TO OUR NEXT CLASS.

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