Grocery Store Assignment
Submit into Canvas course shell, an approximately three page (not counting references), word-processed, 12-point font, and double spaced paper.
50 Points Possible:
Based on rubric (click underline) and the following points/descriptions:
5 Points Cover Page: assignment name, student name, student #, course name and number, time of class, and date
25 points Overall Content: includes depth of discussion, reliable reference details, and completeness
10 points Reference List: inclusive of at least two resources (one may be your text)
10 points Grammar/Spelling (-0.5 per error) and following directions
Rationale For Assignment:
Knowing more about different cultural groups can help you better understand and relate to people from different cultures and backgrounds.Learning more about Fair vs. Free Trade can help you become more aware of interconnections (global, economic, environmental, etc.) and more discerning in your food consumption decision-making.Through this assignment, you may gain new respect for how individual and collective food purchases impact the global production of food and human rights.
Visit or online shop (so that you may stay as socially isolated as you may need or want) a grocery store or online site that caters to foods from another country (for instance, a Chinese grocery store or Mexican grocery store).If this is not available to you, visit a “regular” grocery store, but go to the aisle that is labeled international or ethnic.
Choose five food products that are imported from other countries, and that interest you.
Write a “List and narrative” paper including all of the following points for each product:
1.How is each product used? For instance, is it a spread for crackers or a food eaten alone or an ingredient for a main dish?This is information that may be found on the food product itself, or within your text, or on a website, etc.You will need to cite your source(s)/references.
2.What is each product’s main ingredient?The first ingredient listed on a label is the one with the largest volume, by weight.There is a possibility there may be more than one main ingredient.
3.Is there any significant nutrition information on any of the labels?
For instance, if the product label makes a nutrition claim (like low fat or heart healthy), please include this information.
Assess whether the product claim is true, based on the FDA information.
(Remember to add this website to your reference list)
5.Record if any of the product labels claim vegetarian, vegan vegetarian, halal, kosher or fair trade designations ~ be specific about which claim and provide a brief description/explanation.
6.Research and discuss how your individual purchase of these foods may support the global food supply.http://www.wri.org/blog/2013/12/global-food-challenge-explained-18-graphics (Links to an external site.) is a website with a good article to read regarding this topic.Additionally, The Atlas of Food, is a recommended resource and, would be a good reference for this topic.
7.How would these products be used or to whom would they appeal?For instance, are they only appealing to teenagers?Are they only eaten at weddings?Are they special occasion foods? Cite your resources.
8.Research and discuss how the purchase of these products may affect the environment. This part of the paper requires research/reading outside the text~ and may require you to determine logical scenarios for what generally may happen, rather than what is actually happening.Cite any resources.
For example:Has deforestation occurred as a result of increasing demand for the type of agriculture required to grow one or more ingredients that make up this food ~ and how might this affect the environment?As another example, are pesticides used or not, and what might be the environmental affect of this?How might transporting this product from overseas (and use of fuel) affect the climate/environment, vs. purchasing a product produced locally?
All reference notations must follow the AMA format.
Some possible ethnic specialty grocers if you live in Southeastern Michigan (list requires updating):
Asian Market, 345 Maynard, Ann Arbor, 734-761-7581
Bombay Grocers, 3022 Packard Rd., 734-971-7707 and 45500 Ford Rd., Canton Twp., 734-459-2016
Cost Plus World Market, 2900 S. State, Ann Arbor, 734-327-1900
Dong Yu China Market, 2767 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor 734-669-8821
Euro Market, (Eastern European), 3108 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-975-4326
Falsetto’s Market, 2200 Pittsfield Blvd., Ann Arbor, 734-971-1220
Galleria Asian Market, 3111 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-975-8900
Hua Xing Asia Market, 2867 Washtenaw, Ypsilanti, 734-528-3388
Jerusalem International Market, 1713 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-668-7773
Lucky Market, 1665 Plymouth Rd. (and S. Industrial), Ann Arbor, 734-769-1688
Manna International Foods, 1149 Broadway St. Ann Arbor, 734-663-6868
Mediterranean Market, 4019 Stone School Rd., Pittsfield Twp., 734-477-8023
Tsai Grocery, 3115 Oak Valley Drive, Pittsfield Twp., 734-995-0422
**Additionally, Plum Market, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods in Ann Arbor carry international foods, as well as Kroger, Meijer, Busch’s, and other area grocery stores