Getting Started on Food
You are to research and argue a thesis based on analysis of Pollan's In Defense of Food. Emotion does not play a role in this type of scholarly discussion, so you need facts and solid information to support your analysis and conclusion.
Before touching the keyboard to search for your resources, strategize your search!
What sorts of information is available?
- Scholarly reviews of Pollan's book
- References to Pollan's arguments in scholarly articles
- Evidence that either support or refute Pollan's claims
What are the key words and ideas from Pollan's arguments that you can search?
- Industry / commerce / agriculture
- Local food / community food
- Subsidy / government funding / taxes
- Social benefit
- Note you can focus these large topics by date period (1990s or 2000-on) or geographic limiters (such as California)
What types of sources do you need? Definitely current scholarly and/or reputable sources:
- Statistics on production per acre
- Statistics on cost per acre (materials cost, manpower, irrigation)
- Laws and policies
- Legislation and compliance
- Sociological studies
- Equal access to foods
- Food deserts
- Research-based articles
- Research on health aspects
- Research on impact on lifestyle
- Scholarly books for background and issue ideas
You can start with simple words and will develop a more complex list as you research, so take notes of what you find, more useful terms you find, and where you have looked.
Last Update: March 10, 2014 09:18