You now live in a world where geographic boundaries cease to exist when it comes to goods, services, and even food. Most people think nothing of having freshly squeezed Florida orange juice or New Zealand kiwis for breakfast; even those who live in New York City with 10-inches of snow on the ground in the middle of January. In this day and age, everything and anything is available for consumption year-round at a local grocery store if you have the financial means. Although it may be an “unintended consequence,” these conveniences can come with potentially major ecological and economic impacts that are both positive and negative. For example, the coffee you drink may come from beans imported from Columbia, the sugar you use may come from India, or the steaks you sear on the grill may have come from Argentina. How much fuel was spent transporting these products across land and ocean? Were any pesticides used? If so, was it done in a sustainable fashion? Were forests cleared to make room for grazing herds or larger agricultural fields? These are just a few of the many questions that should be considered when making selections at the grocery store.
For this Assignment, you will collect data about different food items. You will then use the information you collected along with any research conducted, to reflect upon how food choices can impact both the environment and the economy.
Go to a major grocery chain store in your area (or online) to research the following items:
Part 1: Data Collection
A table is provided for your use in order to help you organize the data that you will collect. Select two of the items from the shopping list and research the following:
Part 2: Data Analysis
Using the Internet, your textbook or the Library conduct your own research to learn more about the variety of ways in which food can be acquired:
Reflect on the data you collected as well as the research that you conducted as you answer the following questions:
Basic Writing Expectations for Part I:
Basic Writing Expectations for Part II: