Impacts of a borderless society

Please read this entire communication for important information about your Unit 6 assignment. Below I have included the entire Unit 6 assignment and made some notes (in blue) to help you with the assignment. I have also included the meal that you will be analyzing in the paper. To earn the most points possible, please consider the following tips as well.

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 Follow the word minimum (1000 words) and provide a full discussion of each answer  

– There is a minimum of five sources required

 Use APA format and include in-text citations for any and all references

 Review the rubric for the assignment (below) and make sure you have included all elements of the assignment

 Avoid using quoted material if at all possible. Put ideas into your own words to demonstrate a solid understanding of the information.  


Unit 6 Assignment: Impacts of a borderless society

We live in a world where geographic boundaries cease to exist when it comes to goods, services, and even food. We think nothing of having freshly squeezed orange juice or kiwis for breakfast, even if we live in New York City with 10-inches of snow on the ground in the middle of January. We live in an age where everything and anything is available for consumption year-round at your local grocery store. Convenience comes with potentially major ecological and economic impacts that are both positive and negative. For example, the coffee you drink may come from beans imported from Columbia, the sugar you use may come from India, or the steaks you sear on the grill may have come from Argentina. How much fuel was spent transporting these products across the ocean? Were any pesticides used? If so, was it done in a sustainable fashion? Were forests cleared to make room for grazing herds or larger agricultural fields? These are just a few of the many questions we should be asking ourselves when we make our selections at the grocery store

Explore the following resources in the Kaplan Library, along with the link from the United States Department of Agriculture, to learn more about the foods we rely on and the variety of ways in which we can acquire them.

Roosevelt, M. (2006). The Lure of the 100-Mile Diet. Time, 167(24), 78.

Cosier, S. (2007). The 100-Mile Diet. E: The Environmental Magazine, 18(5), 42.

Cooper, C. (2007). 100 miles and counting. Food In Canada, 67(3), 7.

Macpherson, C. (2007). You are where you eat. Ascent Magazine, (33), 46.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture. (2012). The people’s garden. Retrieved from

For this assignment, you will write an essay in which you analyze a meal provided to you by your instructor in the weekly announcement. Address the following questions as you write your assignment.


Sirloin steak

Baked potato with butter

Corn (on the cob)

Whole wheat bread

Fresh strawberries



·               If you were to purchase each item at a local chain grocery store, where would these items be sourced? For example, where were the fruits, vegetables, and/or meats grown immediately prior to sale? Do not discuss the history or origin of the item i.e., “corn or maize originated in Mexico around 2500 BC.”

To trace the history, you can decide on the brands and types of food in the meal above. For example, you can choose the brand of all of the food. Trace the origins of the food back to their direct origin prior to getting to the store. You do not have to trace every ingredient! Just provide the prior location or source. You will elaborate on this in question 2 (below)

·               Discuss the events and methods of production that allowed your local grocery store to carry these items. What farming methods were likely used to grow these items and how do these methods impact the environment around the farms as well as the employees who work within these establishments

· Were the items grown and shipped in from another country?

· What types of processing and packaging must take place in order for you to be able to purchase the product? If you were to follow the suggestions shared within the articles provided above, where could you purchase the items (name specific local places within your community)? If a food item is not available locally, is there an alternative that you could use as a substitute?

This is really a continuation of the first question. You identified the source in the first question… now break it down further with the processing and packaging. Is it from the US, or another country?

·               Discuss the ecological and economic advantages and disadvantages of purchasing food items that are locally sourced versus those shipped from other areas of the country and from around the world. Use your textbook reading for this unit in order to explore the environmental impacts, and use these to further analyze the impacts our food purchases may have on the environment.

Look at the sources listed in the introduction to this assignment for some great resources. Find a few examples of each. You need at least 5 sources for this paper… this would be a good place to include some of them.

·               The food choices we make have the potential to generate both local and global impacts. This can be summarized in the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Based upon your analysis of the meal provided by your instructor for this assignment, discuss how the choices you make when planning and buying meals might change in the future and how your choices, when combined with those of others, can have a global impact.

This is all your opinion, so think about this question for a bit after you finish your research, and share your thoughts about what the statement “Think Globally, Act Locally” really means to you.

This essay should be a minimum of 1,000-words in APA style format. Provide appropriate citations and references for any information you use in this paper. Your paper should include a minimum of five sources. These can include those provided within the project directions and the course materials. Be sure to avoid copying and pasting large sections of text from any given source. For help with citations, refer to the APA Quick Reference.

Make sure you look at the requirements above! All of these things are written into the rubric and you will be graded on the format and references. If you are having trouble with APA, I really encourage you to take a look at the resources below. I have also included the rubric for this assignment at the very end of this information.

For additional writing help, visit the Kaplan University Writing Center and review the guidelines for research, citation and plagiarism:

Kaplan Writing Center. (2012). Research, citation, and plagiarism. Kaplan University. Retrieved from:

Be sure your essay analysis is clearly written, uses correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and that the writing is well ordered, logical, unified, as well as original and insightful.



Performance Elements







Project Requirements

Meal analysis: source identification

· Thoroughly identifies sources of ingredients in meal assigned by instructor




Meal analysis: farming and labor practices

· Farming and labor practices researched and discussed for all ingredients within meal




Meal analysis: packaging/ processing and shipping

· Energy consumption necessary for packaging/processing/shipping of ingredients researched and discussed for all ingredients within meal.




Meal analysis: applying locavore concepts

· Alternative sources for all meal ingredients identified to align with guidelines provided in project materials for research




Economic and Ecological analysis of food choice

· Traditional and locavore ingredient options discussed from the perspectives of ecological (5-pts) and economic (5-pts) impacts




Applying food choice to Think Globally, Act Locally

· Analysis of how local food choices can have a global impact, citing specific examples from meal analysis, provided materials or additional research




Organization, logic, details

· Communication shows order, logic, and unification; including an introduction, transitions throughout and a summative conclusion, demonstrating clear understanding of target concepts.



· Specific supporting details synthesized from valid scientific sources



Writing Mechanics

Spelling/ Grammar

· Free of any spelling/grammatical/ word choice errors




APA style references*

· Follows APA style for parenthetical/in-text citations and reference page and includes a minimum of 5 sources.




Length Requirement

· Length requirement met (1000 words minimum)




APA format

· The body of the paper follows APA formatting guidelines including title page, spacing, font size, paragraph style and margins.







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