Intro: Consumer spaces are grocery stores, malls, farmers markets, websites, and other places where we spend moneyso that we can bring home products. Behind the scenes there are warehouses, shipping lanes, garment factories, cottonfields, plantations, and much more. By examining the commodity chains of the products we buy, we can begin to learnabout how we are connected to the world through our consumption patterns. Geographers go beyond what we’rebuying to ask questions like: Where do products come from? Who makes the products we buy? How do employmentopportunities differ between the U.S. and the other countries supplying a large portion of our consumer goods? Whichcountries tend to produce the products we consume in the U.S.? Why don’t we produce more of our own stuff? Whatfactors have led to domestic (U.S.) companies outsourcing production to other countries? What are the consequences ofbuying from other countries? Could we produce everything we buy? We consider economic, social, environmental,political, and geographical factors.
Research ONE or more of the companies that make your clothing/groceries. Type in search terms such as“Where are [brand name] clothes made” or “Which country makes [brand name]” or “USDA OrganicCertification” to get started. Include a bibliography with at least three sources.On food or clothing products, words like “natural” and “organic” can be meaningless. Natural is usually totallymeaningless (but it helps sell products when people don’t realize this). Organic only means something if a labelaccompanies it that is affiliated with an official certification process, except in some very small-scale farmingoperations (such as some farmers that sell products at farmers markets, because organic certification can bevery expensive). In addition to USDA Organic labels, you may also find legitimate labels from certificationprocesses for small companies, so keep your eyes open. Certification and product labeling is a growing trend andthere are some labels and words that cannot be on packaging unless the product has met guidelines establishedby the federal government, or other agencies. You are encouraged to learn the difference and write about it –for any of the words or peculiar labels you find. In the past, students have found all sorts of interestingmarketing strategies and product labels intended to trick consumers into thinking they were buying very ethicalsourced/manufactured products, when it was far from the case. (Work Cited page required)
4. Essay: Consider the questions from the intro to this assignment and the research section. Develop an essay thataddresses how your clothing/groceries fit into the global economy and answer the final question: Going forwardfrom the state of global garment manufacturing/global food production today, how can the system change forthe better?5. Submit your list and map with your essay on Blackboard via Turnitin and don’t forget the paper requirements(below).Essay Requirements: 2 pages minimum (maps, images, bibliographies, and other materials do not count toward the 2 pages) Typed, double-spaced, 1” margins Common, 12 point font (Times/Times New Roman/Arial) Include a bibliography with at least 3 sources. Use (and highlight/color/bold) at least 5 vocabulary words from the book. Chapter 8 (agriculture) and Chapter9 (economic geography) will have related words, but you can also take words from other chapters. Do not put your name, course info, or other personal info on your paper. Upload through Turnitin on Blackboard – no plagiarism! Plagiarism results in a zero on the assignment.Images/maps cannot be uploaded separately – they must be included in your paper to count toward your grade.