1. Identify the four modes of subsistence and describe the major activities associated with obtaining food in each system.
  2. Think about the process of plant domestication. What can you say about maize? Is there another crop, from the part of your world you or your ancestors came from or that you are interested in that can provide an appealing history like the one of maize?
  3. Is there a relationship between the subsistence system used in a society and the amount of private property or wealth differences that develop? Explain.
  4. What is the relationship between modes of substance and gender roles in society?
  5. Some writers/researchers have decried the invention of agriculture in some human societies, what would you argue to support (or disagree with) their view?
  6. Analyze the ways in which the global agricultural system separates producers from consumers and contributes to wealth differences. What would be your comment about the U.S. society and its food system?
  7. If you could do something about enacting some positive changes in the food system or political economy (production, consumption, distribution/exchange) what would you do?
  8. Is there any correlation between this chapter’s topics and “Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom”? If so, what are they?


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