Our discussion of Food Inc. is coming up fast!
On Sunday, April 29 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST, readers will log-on and join the previously established babble thread for this discussion of Food Inc. We invite users, both new and old, to join us on the thread to comment, question and discuss the book in its entirety. However, this selection is a little different for a couple of reasons:
1. Accompanying the book Food Inc. is also the 2009 documentary Food Inc. that expands the issues raised by the essay collection within the book and brings a visual element to these issues as well. It is a bonus for readers either looking to get a more in-depth knowledge of the book or those short on time and needing a quick introduction!
2. Food Inc. was chosen as the Babble Book Club's Earth Week selection; therefore, we are promoting conversation not just around the book, but also the issues that it raises about food politics, consumption and the food industry. We want to know what you think about: the meat industry, vegetarianism, urban agriculture, organic farming, PETA, the food industrial complex and other food related topics! Let's take this opportunity to reflect and discuss how we eat, using Food Inc. as our starting point.
3. Finally, since reading about change is empowering, what other food-related books inspire you? I've been inspired by urban agriculture and these great books because they are great reads and provide a pragmatic solution for food and consumption accountability. Bring your selections and let everyone know why you love em', hate em' and use em'!
Our goal with this book selection is to promote conversation around food politics and we want to know what you, the Babble Book Club readers, think about food, what you did for Earth Week and how Food Inc. relates to you! Here at rabble.ca, we celebrated Earth Week with tons (tons!) of Earth Week-inspired posts, dabbling in the Vegan Challenge (some successfully, some not) and reading Food Inc. and other inspired food-related books.
As always, we have the ongoing babble discussion thread up and running for any thoughts along the way and for the discussion on April 29. The Babble Book Club promotes ongoing discussion during our reading processes to increase engagement with our selections, so on our final discussion date, with everyone present, the conversation can be more lively! Check out what has already been posted -- additional links, comments and questions -- and feel free to add to the thread!
For those wanting to join the discussion, here are some easy steps and tips to get you started:
1. To ask questions and submit comments, you must register as a rabble.ca user, which creates an account that allows access to babble! babble is rabble.ca's discussion board and online community where users can discuss ideas and opinions and signing up is free and easy! Any questions about babble can be answered or asked on this thread as well as the babble FAQ page.
2. The Babble Book Club sets up babble threads before our final discussion to promote ongoing conversation -- check out our existing thread for Food Inc. A babble thread just means the 'page' where various babble users (babblers) can post their comments and questions. Babblers post in 'real-time' and can also quote other users, use emoticons or post links!
3. Our Earth Week-inspired discussion will take place this Sunday, April 29 3 p.m. EST/ 12 p.m. PST in 'real-time', which just means more Babble Book Club members will be present at this time for a more interactive conversation. After the 'official discussion' the thread will still be open for readers to post questions and comments; however, they may not be responded to immediately!
What irks you about consuming and food products? Is eating organic products actually making a difference or is it a marketing scam? Is eating meat that is locally sourced and ethically treated OK? Is eating vegan or vegetarian better than eating sustainably?
Think it over and let the Babble Book Club know what you think!
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