Reflection: Student Feedback DESIGN CHALLENGE: Food labels (2 of 2) - Section 5: WORK SAMPLES: Redesigned food labels prototypes


Presenting students refined food labels to make them more aesthetically compelling, but the idea of needing to train consumers became a sticking point in community action plans.  Students did not create compelling community plans because they could not think of ways to effectively use food labels in actual business communities.  How can food labels do anything if consumers do not understand the information they contain?  

In iterating on my own designs, I realized that this was incredibly useful feedback.  Food labels are notoriously resistant to change, from GMO information to country of origin information.  But this does not mean that simply changing the information on the labels will do anything.  In teaching this content again, I am considering expanding the scope of the food label project to include the politics of food labeling and food education.  This could be a research intensive project that asks students to identify factors in place that make it difficult to actually change the food system, from content taught in classroom to contracts between food processors and the federal government.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE: Food labels (2 of 2)

Unit 5: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Lesson 10 of 24

Objective: In this multi-day "lesson" students will be able to 1) develop a redesigned food label utilizing design elements that surface the normally hidden costs of modern food production; 2) present redesigned food labels to peers; 3) facilitate discussion about how redesigned food labels might be used in the real world; and 4) select an actionable idea to propose to the community.

Big Idea: The current food label describes the ingredients and nutritional content of food. How might we redesign the current food label to more accurately capture the total impact of modern food production, especially environmental costs?

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