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Unit 2: Food


Unit Three Essential/Guiding Questions             

Essential Question:

What is your relationship with food?

Guiding Questions:

What factors influence your diet?

How do you define food?

When did you first notice that you were developing a relationship with food?

How does culture effect what goes into our food?

Where does food come from?


Find Local Food Near You

Sustainable foods can be found in your community by purchasing organic and/or locally grown produce and products. It's easy to find farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture programs, restaurants and more with the user-friendly Eat Well Guide. Simply type in your zip code to find out what's in season near you.


Tour the Tongue
How does our sense of taste work, and why did it evolve? What are taste buds, and how do they register the five basic sensations of sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami (a Japanese word describing something "meaty")? In this audio interactive, Danielle Reed of the Monell Chemical Senses Center offers a primer on what happens on your tongue, and in your brain, as you eat. Learn how our sense of taste works, and why we evolved the ability to detect flavors like bitter and sweet.

Miracle of Rice

You've probably never stopped to consider rice for any longer than it takes to trap a piece of sushi between your chopsticks. But this humble grain is truly remarkable. In Asia, for example, it provides 50 to 80 percent of people's daily caloric intake. And rice is getting more remarkable by the year. A series of advances in biotechnology have paved the way for high-yield rice varieties resistant to blights and bugs and fortified with vitamin A. Read about rice's origins and history... 


Free Rice!

Free Rice is a game. Build you vocabulary and donate rice. For each answer you get right, 10 grains of rice will be donated to the World Food Program. 


What's on My Food?

Cancers, autism and neurological disorders are associated with the use of pesticides especially amongst farm workers and their communities. Learn about what pesticides are in your food and their effects.