Paired Texts > Your food choices affect Earth's climate
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This article reports on a new yet controversial technology that makes it possible for companies to raise genetically modified salmon that grow very fast.Pair “Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or ‘Frankenfish’?” with “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate” to provide students with information about how foods are being genetically modified. Ask students to discuss the benefits of genetically modified plants and animals for consumption. What problems could genetically modified animals pose to humans or the environment? Is this an option for reducing the costs that food production has on the environment? Why or why not?
In the informational text "Explainer: Global warming and the greenhouse effect," Agnieszka Biskup explains the greenhouse effect and why the Earth is warming.Pair “Explainer: Global warming and the greenhouse effect” with “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate” to provide students with additional information about global warming. Ask students to discuss how human activity is contributing to unnatural warming on Earth. How does food production contribute to global warming? In what other ways can food production negatively impact the environment?
In the informational text "Different Ways," Christine Fournier discusses the methods of two farmers, Tom and Anne.Pair “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate” with “Different Ways” to provide students with information about how the food they eat affects the environment. Ask students to discuss how producing fruits and vegetables affects the environment. How does this compare to producing meat? People have the ability and responsibility to make food choices that do not hurt the environment. Do students think that farmers have a similar responsibility? Why or why not?
In the informational text "A Matter of Taste," Jeanne Miller explains how the tongue, nose, and brain all contribute to taste.Pair “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate” with “A Matter of Taste” to provide students with another article about food. Ask students to discuss the flavors and smells that appeal to humans. How did they help our ancestors survive? Do students think these preferences are still important today? Why or why not? How are some of the types of foods that people crave harming the environment?
Even though the topic of climate change can be overwhelming, teens in this text explain what they would do if they had the power to stop climate change.Pair “Your Food Choices Affect Earth’s Climate” with “These teens have some ideas for stopping climate change” and ask students to consider the impact that our food choices have on climate change. What is a “carbon footprint”? Have you been aware of your “carbon footprint”? How can the food we eat ultimately impact climate change?
In this text, Jon Hamilton describes how the Maldives are working to protect their islands from global warming.Pair “Your Food Choices Affect Earth’s Climate” with “Maldives Builds Barriers to Global Warming” and ask students how the food that you eat affects the Earth’s climate? What food group should you avoid if you want to protect the environment? How is the carbon footprint of food calculated? How does food choice factor into the climate crisis in Maldives?
In "Toxins," Minal's grandmother, her Dadi, moves in with her family, forcing her to reckon with her illness at school and at home.Pair “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate” with “Toxins” and ask students to discuss sustainable food practices. Ask students to reflect on their own eating habits and underlying assumptions. What misconceptions do students hold that influence their food choices? How do their food choices impact the Earth today? What problems can begin to exist if sustainable food practices are not implemented? What are some sustainable practices they can utilize based on each text?
Today, when most people think of a printer, they think of a laser jet printer that prints ink on paper. But thanks to new technology, engineers have developed 3-D printers that can print objects—and even food. This NPR article takes a closer look at this new technology and how it could be used in modern warfare to feed soldiers.Pair “Army Eyes 3-D Printed Food for Soldiers” with “Your food choices affect Earth’s climate” to provide students with a new approach to producing food. Ask students to discuss how food can be produced with a 3-D printer. Do students think that printing food could lead to additional environmental problems, or help reduce them? Why?