Getting Ready to Read
Before we discuss the Berry article, think about how much sugar, fried foods, meat, fish, fresh vegetables, fruit, and so forth that you eat daily. Then respond to one of the following quickwrites. (You have five minutes to write.)
Quickwrite 1: To what extent do advertisers influence your choices regarding the amount of water, flavored drinks, processed foods, meat, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, fast food, sugar, and the like that you feed your body?
Quickwrite 2: Evaluate your own dietary habits, and discuss whether and in what ways you might change your diet.
Quickwrite 3: Consider what you know about the foods you eat, their origins and their quality. How much do you know about your food?
Quickwrite 4: Think about the amount of time and the quality of the time you spend eating. Do you drive and eat? Do you stand or walk while eating? Discuss how often you sit with your friends and family and enjoy the food that you eat.
Quickwrite 5: Certainly we all are responsible for what we put into our mouths, but at what point do we assume responsibility? At age five, ten, fourteen, eighteen, twenty-one? When (at what age) does a parent’s responsibility end and an individual’s begin?