The story in â€œHow Americaâ€™s Food Giants Swallowed the Family Farmsâ€ has connections to
various of our readings, which is not surprising in that various of the claims, thesis, ideas that we
are exploring in this course have interconnections. Sometimes these are causal connections, and
sometime they are conceptual connections; in any case, it is useful to think about them together.
Write an essay in which you explain how the story laid out in the
can be analyzed in terms of, or otherwise connected to,
at least two
of the following:
the analysis given by Holt-Gimenez and Patel in
the analysis of â€œsustainabilityâ€ discussed by Paul Thompson
the ideas of â€œlocalityâ€ discussed in Thompson and DeLind
ideas about food sovereignty as discussed in the Wittman, et al. article
Note that you get to choose the theme or theses to be discussed here, but you should be sure to
choose these in a way that shows an understanding of whatâ€™s important about all this.
You get to choose which other themes [(1)-(4)] to make use of in your analysis (and hence what
other readings to make use of), but donâ€™t assume that it will work out equally well with any two
of them. Give some thought first to which ones you think provide interesting insight or really
connect to what you want to say.
It is not required that you do an objection and reply. The reason for this is that I want you to
focus on the task of identifying connections and fleshing them out so that they are clear and
significant. (Itâ€™s possible that youâ€™ll find that an objection-reply strategy will in fact help you do
this, but again, it is not required.)
As before: Citations are required; quotations are not.
Quotations, if you have them, should not be
long, and they donâ€™t count toward the word count. (See general description of the writing
assignments on the syllabus.)
I wouldnâ€™t expect you to use any sources outside of the class
readings. Of course you do have to cite the
article and the readings you use to follow
the above instructions. The style for doing the citations? You can just cite the page number in the
following way: (Thompson, p. X