For this paper we’re moving into Jonathon Foer’s territory about the manufacturi

For this paper we’re moving into Jonathon Foer’s territory about the manufacturing of food and its effect on our planet.
You will compose a cause-and-effect argument similar in structure to the ones in Chap. 9 of the SMG. The argument’s topic will concern some aspect of our diet and its effect on consumption of resources, either natural, human-produced, or both.
Keep in mind the first meaning of the word, “diet.” Our diets are what we habitually eat. I am not referring to fad diets: weight-loss, muscle-building, or other kinds of goal-oriented, short-term dieting. Also note that a specific diet may be considered quite “normal” to a community, yet extreme when compared to other cultures or periods in history.
It might be helpful to select a food that you, or your family and friends regularly eat. Why is it a popular food? Is it the taste? Is it loaded with fats, sugars, or salts? Is it cheap? Is it a staple? Is it healthy, or cost-effective? Traditional? Cultural? Fast and easy to prepare? Readily available for pickup?
The production of every food uses resources. Compose the most comprehensive web of production and delivery systems that you can put together for this food. The food may consume (and possibly damage) natural resources such as land, air, and water, but it may also impact our supply of energy, antibiotics, fertilizers, and other chemicals as well as place demands on our transportation resources and health care system. Total costs, the labor involved, and human working hours are also resources that are expended. These are all possible suggestions for research. Keep your essay focused on a tight, manageable thesis. Select one aspect of this cause/effect chain for your topic. The popular food you select may be high or low in its overall use of resources, but that is for you to discover and report. Clearly, in the big picture, we’re concerned to what degree this food’s effect on our planet is manageable or destructive. In the cause/effect argument, your essay’s opposing view may, as usual, be a direct objection to your cause/effect, or it could be an alternative “cause” for the effect that you are arguing.
Requirements (for the final paper)
For the final draft of Paper #3, submit 5-6 pp., 5 complete pages minimum for full credit (not counting Works Cited page). Don’t go much over 5 pp. total. If you have a lot of material, use the skill of editing to select the strongest ideas and technique of compacting more detail within each sentence, thus shortening the paper’s length.
Required: at least 6 sources, two must be scholarly. Avoid blogs and short informational pieces (print or video) that have little depth or context. You may neither use short info hubs such as Wikipedia, ProCon.org, eNotes.com, livescience.com, nor student study guide sites such as SparkNotes, eNotes, GradeSaver, etc. as your sources. You shoulduse any “competent” sites for generating search ideas, and for general understanding of a new topic, but not for building material in your paper. Their sentences are not allowed in your paper; you cannot cite or quote them.
Draw from six independent sources; the closer they are in subject specificity, the better you can compare and analyze data points and key ideas. Hint: compare your source material and your opposing view material to generate analysis. Be sure there are at least two sources that support the opposing view. You are required to use at least one quotation per page (on average), and must use a quotation at least once from each of five of your sources minimum (one of them may be sourced as a paraphrase only). Any source you use, either with quotation or paraphrase, must have in-text citation that corresponds to your Works Cited page. Conversely, any source listed in Works Cited must be used in the paper (and be cited).

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