Skip to Content

Agregador de Contenidos Agregador de Contenidos

Healthy Food, Healthy Planet

In Unit 4, you will:

* Exchange ideas with your peers about the benefits and challenges of the global food system and how they impact your city.

* Play a game to learn how different ways to source, produce, and distribute food impact people and the planet.

* Learn how global challenges such as climate change can affect local food security.

* Support your ideas with facts to help others understand your perspective.

* Survey community members to learn which food security issues are most important to them and what actions they are willing to take to     address them.

* Present and reflect on the survey results in an infographic    Piktochart   tutorial  Blog post

* Give feedback to your international peers.


Discussion Questions:

What is the most important information from this resource?
How does this connect to what we’ve learned in class about the global food system?
What do you understand better about the global food system from this resource?
Go Bananas: Guide students through the Go Bananas lesson plans from Oxfam to learn about the banana supply chain and global trade. Students look at photographs, research, and play a game to learn about the effects of global trade on people and the environment.

Will the Ocean Ever Run Out of Fish?: In Unit 4 students learn about the connections between the global food system and the ocean, specifically about overfishing. Show this 4-minute video from TEDEd to explain overfishing and its impact on ecosystems, people, food security, and even culture!  


Discussion Questions:

What ideas have we learned about that connect to this?
What new ideas does this make you think about?​

Career Connections Farmer: Show students this video from PBS Learning Media which tells the story of Esperanza Gabriel, a potato custodian and farmer who works to preserve hundreds of ancestral varieties of potatoes, and explains why guarding traditional knowledge is important (begin at 4:40).

Rotting Food to Electricity: Show this 5-minute video from The Kids Should See This to learn how rotting vegetables can be made into biofuel, which burns cleaner than fossil fuels!  


Discussion Questions:

How did what we learned in Global Scholars help you with this activity?
What do you understand better now about the global food system?​

Planet Food Game: Students can play this game from the National Geographic to deepen their thinking about the interdependence between a country’s geography and food. They put together a meal and learn where all the ingredients originate. They also discover the steps to create chocolate from bean to final product and think about the sustainability choices at each step.

Bacteria in the Cafeteria: In addition to the human workers who keep food moving through the global food system, bacteria play a major role in all parts of the food system, from source to consumption. Students can play the “Bacteria in the Cafeteria” game from the American Museum of Natural History to learn about helpful and harmful bacteria by looking for clues and solving a riddle.

ENHANCE: Synthesizing Ideas

Discussion Questions:

What is challenging about synthesizing ideas?
How does being able to synthesize ideas help you as a Global Scholar?

What’s the Deal with Fossil Fuels?: The current global food system relies on fossil fuels. Show students this 4-minute video about fossil fuels from California Academy of Sciences. Help them synthesize what they see with the concepts they have learned about climate change and the global food system. Then, challenge them to think critically about alternatives to fossil fuels - is there a better way to feed the world?

Recipe for Making a Synthesis: Provide or adapt this handout from Smekens Education to help students organize information from a text. This same process can be applied to help them synthesize their learning during a class discussion.

Ficheros adicionales