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Sustainable Food

Secondary

Description

Author and activist Michael Pollan, a passionate advocate for sustainable food, explores how our industrial food system keeps us overly dependent on fossil fuels, destroys our environment, and makes us sick. In doing so, Pollan links the current approach to food production and distribution to the energy crisis, to the health care crisis, and the climate change crisis.

Breaking this cycle requires changing our relationship to food, which is summed up as “Eat Food, Not Too Much, and Mostly Plants”.

 

 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Effective tool for promoting system thinking in that it explores the connection between the food we eat, our reliance on fossil fuels, our health, and our changing climate.

Also effective in illustrating that sustainable development requires that we recognize the interplay among the economic, environmental and social implications in the way we feed ourselves. 

May be used in any high school course that investigates agriculture/food issues, health issues, energy or water use. 

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 12
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      • Science
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        • Science 30: : Energy and the Environment
  • British Columbia
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    • Grade 9
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      • Science
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        • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.
        • Environmental Science 12: Sustainable land use is essential to meet the needs of a growing population
  • Manitoba
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    • Grade 10
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      • Geography
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        • Geographic Issues of the 21 st Century: Food from the Land
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        • Current Topics in the Sciences 30S: Science, Technology, Society & the Environment
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      • Geography
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        • World Geography: A Human Perspective - World Food Supply: Production and Distribution
      • Social Studies
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        • Citizenship and Sustainability: Area of Inquiry: Consumerism
        • Citizenship and Sustainability: Area of Inquiry: Environment
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        • Global Issues
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        • Advanced Environmental Science 120: Earth Systems
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        • Environmental Science 3205: Land Use & the Environment
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        • Global Geography:Resources and Commodities
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        • Issues in Canadian Geography (Academic): Interactions in the Physical Environment
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        • Environmental Science (Univ/College Prep.) Conservation of Energy
        • Environmental Science (Univ/College Prep.) Human Health and the Environment
        • Environmental Science (Univ/College Prep.) Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry
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        • Environmental Science (Workplace Prep.) Natural Resource Science and Management
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        • Regional Geography (Univ./College Prep.) Dynamics and Change
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        • The Environment & Resource Management (Univ./College Prep.):Sustainability and Stewardship of Natural Resources
  • Prince Edward Island
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Natural Resources
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        • What can I do?
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        • Geography 621A Global Issues: Introduction- What is a global issue?
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    • Grade 10
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        • Environmental Science & Technology: The Living World
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    • Grade 9
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        • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.
        • Environmental Science 12: Sustainable land use is essential to meet the needs of a growing population

Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Citizenship (2)

    • Ecological Footprint
    • Sustainable Consumption
  • Energy (1)

    • Energy Use
  • Food & Agriculture (3)

    • Conventional Farming
    • Food Security
    • Local Food
  • Human Health & Environment (1)

    • Hunger and Malnutrition
  • Water (1)

    • Water Use