Carbon Emissions of Food Products

Michigan Student Caucus Proposal Template for  Summers-Knoll Students 2019 Part 1: BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS due Oct 22 Context

 

  1. What is a current bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal? Use the legislative database found here: Senate Bill No. 31

  2. How would this bill make a difference in the lives of students across Michigan? Protecting the environment is helping everyone in Michigan. It would enhance people's lives.

  3. How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal? I researched online and looked at videos on Youtube.

  4. Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1prWr81TUCyWyOrn-_e8vFi36AyURpY5UCqMp_ucaWLM/edit

 

Research process

 

  1. To whom did you talk about this issue to learn more? I did not talk to anyone about this issue.

  2. What did you initially think about your topic and how did your thinking change over time? My thinking never really changed on this subject.

  3. What was the most significant article/video/report/website that you used and how did it impact your research? I really enjoyed learning from the Youtube channel Kurzgesagt about the negative effects of meat production.

  Part 2: FORMAL PROPOSAL due Oct 29 The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform. Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS....The UN IPCC FIFTH ASSESSMENT REPORT states that 24 percent of global carbon emissions can be attributed back to food products, a number that equals twice the carbon emissions produced by every car on Earth.

WHEREAS....16.8 percent of the food and half of the fresh fruit that an average American eats comes from a foreign country. Transporting food causes on average 11 times more carbon dioxide than food produced locally.

WHEREAS....3.5 billion humans would be fed if they were to eat the vegetables used to feed livestock.

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....

1. By putting a there will be a state tax on fruits and vegetables grown in a foreign country to support American farmers and decrease competition with farmers outside of the USA. 

2. Tax money will be used to to raise awareness about the issues about carbon emissions produced by food products and eco-friendly diets with posters, flyers, and advertisements to Michigan residents.

3. 

(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. Climate change happens all the time, it’s not a big deal.

2. If you tax fruits and vegetables then people with lower incomes could not be able to afford the produce.

3. Meat is essential to many peoples’ diets and it will be hard to limit.

Costs and funding:
  1. What are some costs associated with your proposal? Paying to raise awareness about climate change.

  2. How will you pay for your proposed bill? From what sources could the funding come? Taxes on foreign produce.

  3. Who (people or groups) might object to funding your proposal? The citizens of Michigan.

 

References:

List all websites, articles, reports, videos, or other resources you used to research for this project. You do not have to include formal citations. **Eighth graders only: After each source, write 1-2 sentences about why you chose this source and why you trusted it. 

THE DIET THAT HELPS FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, VOX

 

THE TRICKY TRUTH ABOUT FOOD MILES, SHRINK THAT FOOTPRINT

 

WHY MEAT IS THE BEST WORST THING IN THE WORLD, KURZGESAGT - IN A NUTSHELL

 

CLIMATE CHANGE FOOD CALCULATOR: WHAT’S YOUR DIET’S CARBON FOOTPRINT?, BBC





 

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