My "Foodprint"

My "Foodprint"

Essential questions: 
What do I eat, and where does it come from?
How do my food choices impact the environment?
What, exactly, is in the foods I eat?
How can I make more sustainable food choices?

This module includes the following lessons:

Lesson 1: Eco-101: GMO Debate (Estimated time needed: Three 55-minute class sessions)
In this lesson, students learn how biotechnology has led to advances in agricultural science that are changing the world. Not the least of these changes is the increasing number of genetically modified foods in markets around the world. Students explore how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are resulting in incredible advances in food nutrition, availability, and adaptability and may one day help eliminate world hunger. They also learn that some governments and many consumers have serious concerns about this technology, and they explore some of the reasons for those concerns. Rather than telling students what to think about this issue, the lesson encourages students to research the topic, debate with their peers, and make up their own minds. The lesson concludes with a discussion designed to help students synthesize their thoughts on the topic.

Lesson 2: Eco-Activity: Delicious and Nutritious? (Estimated time needed: One 55-minute class session)
In this lesson, students put together a hypothetical meal by choosing three or more food items from a list of several. Then they take a closer look at the items they've chosen in order to learn more about the artificial additives, food dyes, sugar, and GMOs contained within those foods. After their analysis, students reevaluate just how “nutritious” their delicious meal really is.

Lesson 3: Eco-Action: Personal Food Audit (Estimated time needed: One 30-minute session and one 50-minute class session)
In this lesson, students undertake a personal mission to explore their food habits. They track everything they eat for seven days, categorize the types of foods they ate, and then analyze the habits and trends they spot. Next, students explore the concept of a foodprint, or an assessment of how choosing to eat the foods we eat impacts the environment, particularly in terms of the carbon emissions that result from producing, processing, and transporting that food. Students then investigate how they can improve their foodprints by making more sustainable food choices.