Food for ThoughtFate of Food Discussion Questions The Fate of Food
’s take-home message is that the answer to the impending food scarcity crisis might be in a new approach that draws on the wisdom of traditional agriculture and the exciting, emerging technologies of the present. Amanda Little explores startling innovations around the world: farmscrapers, cloned cattle, meatless animal meat, edible insects, super-bananas, and weeding robots. The questions below invite a closer look at Amanda’s finding and hopefully inspire you to think about what our future could hold.
Which of these seem most promising to you, and what are some other ways food and agriculture can adapt to climate change and become more resilient, productive, and sustainable?
What did you already know about this book’s subject before you read this book? How did it change your understanding of, or expectations for, sustainable and equitable food production going forward? What new things did you learn?
Do you think that GMOs crops designed for drought resilience and heat tolerance are a reasonable way to counteract the increasing pressures of climate change on global food production? What are some alternatives?
How can we change public opinion on GMOs, especially since a lot of the opposition seems driven by a vision of nature as being pure and vulnerable?
In Chapter 4, the robotics expert Jorge Heraud is quoted as saying that “robots don’t have to remove us from nature—they can help us restore it.” Do you agree? Why or why not?
Do you believe the actions Little discusses will be enough to forestall the direct impacts of climate change? Or do you think it’s too little too late?
Discuss specific passages that struck you as significant, illuminating, disturbing, etc. What was especially memorable for you?
How does this book compare to other books or articles on sustainable food systems or climate change that you’ve read?
What topics does the book make you want to explore further?
What do you think and hope will be on your family’s Thanksgiving table in the year 2050?