World Population and Food Supply
Week 9 Assignment
Due Monday, November 23
This week’s readings discuss the soda industry. They also touch on some of the problems associated
with marketing to children, and the problems associated with misleading health campaigns.
Walvin, James, 2018. Hard Truth About Soft Drinks, from Sugar – The World Corrupted: From
Slavery to Obesity. New York, Pegasus Books. Pages 245-268.
Nestle, Marion. 2015. Starting Early: Marketing to Infants, Children, and Teens (Chapter 10).
Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and winning). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 133-142.
Noë, Alva. 2017 (2012). The Value in Sweet Drinks. In Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, Tyler Doggott
(2017). Food, Ethics, and Society. New York: Oxford University Press, pp.663-664.
Drawing on specific examples from the readings, write a one-two page essay response to these
questions. Use 12-point font, single spacing, and 1-inch margins.
a. What should the role of consumers and parents be in helping kids make healthy choices?
b. Should businesses be held more accountable? Why or why not?
c. What role, if any, do you think government should play in regulating these issues? Why?
d. What role, if any, do you think public schools should play in helping kids make healthy choices?
e. What do you remember learning about nutrition in elementary school? How does that information
inform your diet today?