Food

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Food, Farming, and Justice: A Role Play on La Vía Campesina

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow, Chris Buehler, Julie Treick O'Neill, and Tim Swinehart. Rethinking Schools. This role play invites students to take on identities of La Vía Campesina activists around the world, to compare/contrast circumstances in order to discover the common goal of “food sovereignty.”
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Food, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Chew on This

Book - Non-fiction. By Eric Schlosser. 2006. Geared to the young consumer, takes a bite out of fast-food industry.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Food
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Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491

Book - Non-fiction. By Charles C. Mann. 2009. An illustrated book for young readers based on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Food, Native American
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King Corn: You Are What You Eat

Film. Directed by Aaron Woolf. 2007. 88 minutes. Two friends raise one acre of corn to understand how the subsidized crop drives our fast-food nation.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Environment, Food
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When the Hunger Was Upon Us

Poem. By Nigel Gray. Poem about the causes and impact of the Irish Potato Famine.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Environment, Food, Social Class, World History/Global Studies
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