Food System

Your writing must be clear and representative of university level written discourse. This means it must be
sufficiently well written to convey your points and arguments to others. The writing should represent your
views and reactions to the material covered in the readings, backed by evidence. You are expected to use
Standard English in your written assignments, avoid slang, profanity, texting abbreviations, etc. NO
LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED*.
o Double-spaced
o Times Roman or Arial size 10-12 font
o One-inch margin on all sides
o Title of assignment centered on first page
o Use a running header containing student name at left side and original due date on right side
o Documentation for all references and quotations using APA – 6th Edition style **
o Accurate spelling and grammar
*In the event of an emergency, notify the instructor BEFORE or within 24 hours of the assignment
deadline.
**Example:
Shi, D. E. (2001). The simple life: Plain living and high thinking in American culture: University of
Georgia Press.
Auger, P., Burke, P., Devinney, T. M., & Louviere, J. J. (2003)

Read two cases “Farm Subsidies” and “What about Plants?” Choose one article to discuss the
ethics issues as indicated below.
Alternative A: Farm Subsidies
Comment on whether it is ethical to keep giving so much taxpayer money to these established
U.S. farmers. Give reasons for, or against. Other topics you can address:
• The possibility that our food system, that is set up to use subsidies, can change
• What an ideal food system would look like, with regard to the existence of subsidies (or
not)
• Whether it is better for the U.S. to sell its surplus crops to poor countries, or not to sell
them at all, and why
• Whether the government should to pay farmers to grow food, why or why not, and if so
under what circumstances
You don’t have to address all of the suggested issues above.
Alternative B: Eating Plants vs. Eating Animals
Evaluate the ethics of eating plants vs. eating animals. You may discuss the morality of raising
animals specifically for food as well as treating animals as resources that we need to manage.
You may also consider the similarities and differences between plants and animals, as well as the
similarities and differences among different types of animals, including insects and humans.
You don’t have to address all of the suggested issues above.
Specifications
• Write complete sentences and organize your sentences into paragraphs.
• Structure your writing as a cohesive essay. In other words, the assignment should hang
together as one thing, not be a disjointed series of ideas.
• Give reasons for your positions. Don NOT rely only on your feelings.
• Better papers will refer to ethical theories from Rachels. Better papers will also discuss
opposing views.
• The target is 450 – 500 words. Do not exceed 550 words.
• DO NOT USE QUOTATIONS.
• Inline citations and references.
• Cite sources in the text of the paper (inline citations).
• If you use the Rachels textbook in your paper, cite it within your paper and
include it in your reference list.
• Use at least one outside source, not including the course textbook.
AG 4010 – Yishuang Li
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• Include a reference list. A reference should contain the name of the author, the
date of publication, and the title of the work from which you got your
information. A list of web addresses is not considered a bibliography.
• Please follow “Assignment Format Requirements” on Page 4 of course syllabus.

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