“We are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend” (Berry 16). Do you Know WHERE your food comes from?. OR. What goes INTO it?. Quickwrite.
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“We are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend” (Berry 16).
Consider what you know about the food that you eat, where it comes from, its quality and so forth. How much do you know about your food?
Please respond in a paragraph.
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Based on the titles of the first two paragraphs, what might Berry discuss in the article?
Turn the title of Berry’s essay into some questions that you might keep in mind as you read the essay.
• urban shoppers (paragraph 4): city folks who buy things
• obstacles (paragraph 4): things that get in the way of something else
• specialization (paragraph 5): to focus attention on one thing; to be an expert on one small aspect of something • industrial food consumer (paragraph 5): those who eat unnatural foods that
are produced by a speciﬁc industry
• cultural amnesia (paragraph 6): to suﬀer a certain forgetfulness related to one’s group history
• a pig in a poke (paragraph 6): something that is purchased without the buyer seeing it or knowing its value beforehand
• food esthetics (paragraph 8): a set of principles having to do with appreciating food, its tastes, its beauty
• perfunctory (paragraph 8): superﬁcial, careless
• obliviousness (paragraph 9): to be unaware, unconscious of something
• relentlessly (paragraph 11): to continue without stopping, stubbornly pushing ahead
• estranged (paragraph 20): to be separated from
• comely arts (paragraph 20): pleasing, attractive practices
• concentration camp (paragraph 21): a prison where torture or death might occur—often the people sent to such camps are of a certain religious or ethnic identity
While reading “The Pleasures of Eating,” stop after each paragraph and answer these questions:
• say? Here he deﬁnes an agricultural act.
• mean? He suggests that we never think about food in terms of an “agricultural act” and that we are being used by the food industry.
• matter? He wants us to be conscious of how central food is and to get more pleasure from it, to be more aware of our health. He believes that it’s almost sinful to be ignorant.
Label what the author says in the left-hand margin of the article:
•The issue or problem Berry is writing about
•The author’s main arguments
•Examples the author gives
In the right-hand margin:
1) Write a 1 paragraph summary of Wendell Berry’s article.
2) Generate 1 open-ended research question using what you’ve read.
Read the first paragraph of Pollan’s “When a Crop Becomes King.” Jot down your predictions, based on the title and this first paragraph, of what Pollan’s point of view might be.
• domestication (paragraph 2): subduing, making tame
• insinuated (paragraph 3): subtle hinting or manipulation; to move in on someone or into a certain situation
• subsidize (paragraph 4): money provided by the government or state
• wreaks havoc (paragraph 6): causes a great deal of chaos
• metabolized (paragraph 10): to produce energy, to digest
• predators (paragraph 13): those that prey on something in order to attack it
While reading “When a Crop Becomes King,” stop after each paragraph and answer these questions: