Phil 102B: Essay Prompt

For the final few meetings of the course we will be examining the topic of food and food policy in the US. Your assignment is to write an essay that examines some aspect of food and US food policy and relates that aspect to one of the authors we studied this semester. In class I will provide a number of resources that discuss food and food policy and your assignment is to pick one of these aspects and write a paper about it. These resources include the film Food Inc. and the PBS Envision special on food in San Diego. Some topics you might want to focus on are:
  • Treatment of animals in factory farms
  • Food Safety
  • Conditions of Farm Laborers
  • Health and Safety of Food
Once you pick an aspect of the debate to focus on, you should then write a 2-4 page essay in which you examine that topic and relate the issues raised to one of the authors or ethical theories we discussed in class. Your paper should be typed, double-spaced with 1" margins written in 10-12 point font. The final draft is due on the last day of class, Thursday, May 20. In addition to the final draft, you will need to bring three copies of a rough draft of your paper to class on Tuesday, May 18 for in-class peer editing. Although this rough draft will not be graded, failure to bring a rough draft to class will result in an F on this assignment.