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Food For Thought

You love junk food; your best friend is a vegetarian. The British like prawn-flavored potato-chips; the Japanese prefer seaweed seasoning. Food may be basic but it isn´t simple.

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Cooking whole fish catches on
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1. Look at newspaper advertisements that feature food. How is the food represented? As nourishment? As reward? As a way to impress someone? Discuss the messages about food conveyed by the advertisements. Do they make you want to buy the food? Why or why not?

A Fruit by Any Other Name...

When is a fruit not a fruit? ‘Fruit’ actually describes the part of a plant that contains the seeds. By that definition, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants are fruits. We usually call them vegetables, however, and use the word ‘fruit’ only for sweet-tasting plants. A vegetable is an edible plant part other than the fruit.

2. Look through your newspaper´s classified ads and circle all jobs related to food. These position could include restaurant worker, nutritionist, caterer, and more. Which aspect of the food business is each job related to? Do any of them interest you? If so, why?

3. Cut out pictures of foods that represent each of the groups of nutrients: water, carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Make a collage that includes all of these groups.

4. From your newspaper´s international news section, select a foreign country that is currently making headlines. Do research to learn all you can about the country´s main agricultural crops and the most common foods eaten by its citizens. Discuss with your class how diet is affected by agriculture.

5. Look in your newspaper´s food section for a recipe that appeals to you. Read through it completely. What amounts of ingredients would you need if you doubled the recipe? If you cut it in half? Prepare a grocery list of the items – including the amounts of each – you would need if you prepared the recipe for the entire class.

6. Many food safety issues are controversial. Look for articles on these issues and, as you read, try to identify different points of view. In each article, circle opinions with a red pen and facts with a blue pen. Which side makes the strongest case for its point of view?

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Aquaculture: From Caviar to Clams
For thousands of years the world´s oceans, lakes, rivers and streams have provided food for humans and many other creatures, Traditionally, many cultures – especially island nations such as Japan and Iceland, for example, rely heavily upon harvesting food from the sea.

Food(s) for Thought: Animal? Vegetable? Mineral?
Each year, almost a million people a year decide to become vegetarians. By definition, vegetarians do not eat any meat, poultry or fish. Some do eat dairy products and eggs, while others choose not to.

Mad Cow Disease: What Are the Risks?
People all over the world are concerned about what´s known as “mad cow disease.” Mad cow affects the brain, and not only causes cattle to act crazily but has even been transmitted to some humans who ate infected cows.

Weighing In: Does American Culture Encourage Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders affect millions of Americans every year. More than 9 out of 10 cases involve adolescent and young adult females, and eating disorders are showing up in younger kids, especially girls, at an alarming rate. Are American kids increasingly pressured to be model-thin?

Related Resource L i n k s

BBC Kent Food
Here´s a few easy recipes for you to try out - guaranteed to taste delicious!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/kent/food/kids/index.shtml

An Educator's Guide to Food Safety Material
Teaching food safety to our students can help eliminate toxins waiting to attack and weaken our immune systems. Bacteria hides in raw meats, cutting boards, counter tops, sponges and many other household surfaces.
http://www.partselect.com/JustForFun/Educators-Guide-To-Food-Safety.aspx

Food Safety
Topics covered include food safety, germs, handwashing, Fight BAC! food safety quiz, word match, food risks coloring book, and safe food.
http://www.foodsafety.gov/~fsg/fsgkids.html

Figuring Out Food Labels
You know how books have a table of contents that explains what´s inside? Nutrition labels are sort of like that. They tell you what´s inside the food you´re eating and list its smaller parts.
http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/labels.html

KidsFood
Submit and search for age appropriate recipes for kids to prepare, get information on teaching kids to cook, find other interesting ideas and nutrition facts on foods and food activities for kids.
http://www.kidsfood.com/

Nutrition for Kids
Here aree some menus that are based on the basic food groups and give you your daily requirements of each. Try it, you might like it.
http://library.thinkquest.org/3641/

Food Manufacturing Jobs
Employment site for Food and Beverage professionals, specializing in food manufacturing employment and beverage manufacturing employment.
http://www.careersinfood.com/

Agricultural and Food Scientists
The work of agricultural and food scientists plays an important part in maintaining the Nation´s food supply by ensuring agricultural productivity and the safety of the food supply.
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos046.htm

Food Safety Careers
Sixteen full-length interviews from people in a variety of food science careers are presented. These will give you a taste of what a career in food safety is like. (vm.cfsan.fda.gov)

CFAITC 2005 Teacher Resource Guide
The guide provides an all-encompassing look at the array of materials that readily support such an endeavor. (www.cfaitc.org/TRG/TRG.php)

P u z z l e m a k e r

Discovery School´s Puzzlemaker
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists.
http://www.puzzlemaker.com/

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