Paper Food, Consumption, and “You”
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to uncover and explore the myths of the food and supply system in the U.S. Never before have we allowed the food we put in our mouths to be wrapped in a veil of mystery. Good eating has been outmoded by convenience and ignorance. Similarly, we are consuming objects that have very little enrichment value beyond temporary pleasure. How can we create an argument that exposes this, and pin it on a second person “you”?
Point: To write a 5 page argumentative essay using quotes from outside sources to support and explore an idea about the direction, impact, or problem with the current food and consumption system.
• Start by choosing an audience (the YOU) and an argumentative claim. Put it in our chosen format :
(Topic) + (judgment) + (argumentative outcome including “you”).
Topic Suggestions: Explore the Slow Food movement, and argue whether or not it is the best way to approach consumption. Argue that it is impossible for poor people to eat nutritiously. Blame the rise of obesity on the massive influx of high fructose corn syrup. Focus on water quality or public school lunches. Accuse a specific group of driving an expensive or pointless disposable trend. Assert that nature and public natural spaces should immediately stop being developed.
• Write an objective paragraph to explicitly define the actual object of discussion.
• Use The Story of Stuff and three academic outside sources to support your claim. (Use a minimum of two quotes from each source using correct MLA citations.)
• Use a minimum of six metaphors and similes in your paper. Use 1 freighting sentence ( min 1/2 paragraph-long).
• Use two (preferably academically sourced) small anecdotes to illustrate your claim.
• Bring up three counterarguments to your thesis and then follow immediately with refutations. (Do NOT argue the counterargument.)
• Conclusion 1. How your argument has been proven and 2. Why it’s important. 3. In the TBSW (The Big So What) show why it is important to evaluate the food or consumption systems in which “you” participate.