Sustainable Food Solutions: Weighing the Pros and Cons

A growing demand for sustainable food systems comes from schools and even some cities. So what are some solutions? Scholars consider four different ways to approach sustainable food solutions and list the pros and cons of each. The fifth part of a 13-installment unit on Our Hungry Planet encourages critical thinking and interpreting data—important skills for attacking an increasingly important issue.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Share a quick video clip about pro/con lists from a popular TV show; clips from Gilmore Girls, Blacklist, and How I Met Your Mother among many others get students in the mood to make their own
  • Think of an additional solution not included to research
Classroom Considerations

  • Read each of the included teacher tool kits before implementing the lesson
Pros

  • Breaks down the lesson into reasonable times for each portion without much down time
  • Encourages thoughtful discussion with the included questions
Cons

  • None
NGSS