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Rhetoric of Food Science and Politics

Stanford's Rhetoric of Food Science and Politics students are half-way through the quarter and fully emersed in their research projects! Right now, the students are becoming experts in issues related to their topics as a first step toward writing their own original research-based arguments. Students in the Stanford class will be collaborating with students in City College New York's Science Writing class, sharing research ideas, sources, and argument strategies.

The students are writing about the following topics and issues:

Biofuels: Beyond the Carbon Debate
Take Over by the Fast Food Method
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Necessitate Farming Reform
Can We Become Addicted to Sugar?
Death by Corn
Water: from Common to Commodity
The USDA Food Pyramid: Should You Trust the Government?
Curing Africa’s Hungry: Reconciling Science and Economics to Solve Africa’s Hunger Crisis
Global Water Scarcity: A Grave Threat
The corporate capture of our youth's eating habits
U.S. Beef: Is it safe?
The Java Junky's Dilemma: Why We Should Care about Caffeine
Bottled Water
Food Aid: The Modern Colonialist's Tool?
Corn-based Ethanol: Solution to Global Warming or Looming Food Disaster
Chocolate: The Not So Guilty Pleasure
Grass-Fed Beef
The interaction between genetically Mmdified crops and the environment
Nutrition, Our Energizer Bunny
The Paleolithic Diet: Just Another Fad Diet?
The Implications of the Local Food Movement on the World Economy
Farm Policy and the Market for Sugar and Sweeteners
Solutions to "Food Deserts" in America
Food Insecurity in Africa: The Role of U.S. Food Aid
Farm Subsidies-How We Became the 'Corn People'
Toxic Salmon: Is Farmed Fish Really Safe?
McDonaldization and Higher Education
High Fructose Corn Syrup: The Cause for America's Bulging Waistline?
Monsanto the Monopoly - The Ethical Implications of Biotechnology in Africa
Is obesity the individual's fault?

The students would welcome feedback on their ideas as they continue to refine their topics and arguments, revise their research question, and brainstorm effective ways to pursue their projects.

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