What is the main problem of global food?
What is the main problem of global food? What are two different ways of understanding that problem and promoting solutions for it? And why is one way better than another? Use concepts and examples from the assigned course readings and course lectures to respond to the prompt.
Make sure you explain very clearly your answer to each of the three questions above. You need to engage with at least 4 texts from the syllabus, including at least 1 selected from the materials for further study sections of the syllabus. You also need to cite at least 2 more academic sources (e.g. academic journal articles or book chapters). In your answer to the questions above, you have to show how each text helps you make your argument, or why you are making a different argument than the author cited to answer these questions.
We are not asking you to summarize the readings/lectures. We are not asking for your unsupported opinions. We are asking you to make your own coherent and well supported argument about the topic. Cite specific concepts, short quotes, or examples from the assigned readings and lectures as evidence to support your own argument. Your paper needs to include a thesis statement that outlines your argument and how you will support it.
Any references beyond the syllabus used for the essay need to be academic publications, government reports, or reputable journalistic, think tank, or NGO sources. Students will lose 1 point for each inappropriate reference used, such as Wikipedia, Baidu Baike, blogs or social media posts, random websites, etc. If you are in doubt about whether a particular source is appropriate or not, email the professor and/or the TA to ask about it.
The paper should be 4-6 pages, double-spaced
12 point, Times New Roman font; 1-inch margins
Include page numbers and an essay title.
In total, we are asking that you engage with at least 6 academic texts (2 from outside the syllabus and 4 from the syllabus, including at least one marked as the materials for further study).
Citations: citations are required for both paraphrasing and direct quotes from either the text, lecture, or Canvas webpage.
You may use any citation style appropriate to your discipline. Please be consistent in your application throughout your paper. Please include a works cited page at the end of your paper and in-text citations throughout your paper. The works cited page will not count towards the minimum page count.
Sample citation format:
In-text parenthetical citation (Author year, page number) with a bibliography of works cited at the end of the document.
(Patel 2008, x)
Patel, Raj. 2008. Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House Publishing.