Feb. 2018 - The Food Police

2/21/18 #AgBookClub Recap

Miss the last #AgBookClub chat? No worries, we’ve compiled a summary of the chat to prepare you for next week!

This week, we kicked off our February read, The Food Police, by Jayson Lusk. Week 3 covered pages 101-135 (chapters 6 & 7), which talked about GMOs – those dreaded “frankenfoods” – and farm bill policy and how it affects more than just farms through SNAP and school lunch programs.

Below are several responses that we thought summed up the Week 3 chat well, covered themes, or contained thought-provoking questions or comments.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section of this post or on Twitter (clicking the date at the bottom of each tweet will take you directly to that tweet on Twitter’s website). You can see the full conversation by searching “#AgBookClub” on Twitter.

Q1: What’s one thing you liked or disliked in this selection?


Q2: In your opinion, what percent of the population knows what a GMO actually is? Why did you pick that number?


Q3: Do you think GMO foods should include a label that identifies it as a GMO product?


Q4: The author talked about his first experience with a GMO in the beginning of chapter 6. What’s your favorite benefit of biotechnology that affects you directly?


Q5: Why do you think some people don’t trust the science behind genetically engineered food?


Q6: The author touched on the evolution of school lunches in the context of government requirements in chapter 7. What did your favorite school lunch include? What are your feelings about today’s school lunch requirements?


Q7: Bonus question! What’s one thing about the “good old days” that you’d like to bring back? What would you be willing to give up for it?


Join us for Week 4 of our February read, The Food Police, on Wednesday, February 28th. We’ll be discussing pages 136 – 190 (chapters 8, 9, and 10). See the reading schedule here. If you’re never participated in AgBookClub before, please jump right in! We’d love to have you join us!

The #AgBookClub Twitter chat takes place Wednesdays at 8pm CST.

Check out what’s coming up on #AgBookClub in 2018. Have a book-lover friend? Invite them to join!

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