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Name: _________________________________________ Outline : The objective here is to write an argument paper about a certain topic of choice.

Complete this outline to help guide you in typing a formal argument paper.You will be reading out your argument paper in front of the class. They will be noting what your facts are and will decide if your paper is strong enough to sway them towards believing your argument. Step 1: Find and choose an issue.

Step 2: State whether you are a pro or a con of the issue you will be debating. Make it a strong statement. Example: The government SHOULD NOT pass the mandated healthcare bill or I am fighting for farmer rights and believe cage size should remain the same.

Step 3: Two arguments: This answers the why to your argument above. Ex: I am fighting for farmer rights BECAUSE. (These may be more opinion, but you will support these statements with the 4 statistics/facts down below.) 1.)


Step 4: List 4 FACTS that back up your argument. Two of the four should be PERCENTAGES. Explain who each fact you found helps prove your argument. Answer Why should anyone care about this statistic/percentage? 1.)




Step 5: Look through the information and determine if there are any words that you do not know. Write down these words or phrases, and do research on their meaning to define them below.

Step 5: Use this outline as your guide to type your paper. You will need to pick a topic sentence from step 2/3, include at least four pieces of evidence or information about your topic sentence (Step 4), and a conclusion. Make sure to note your sources in a Works Cited page.

We need to spread awareness of the problems with the worlds food system because there is too much waste and we can efforts can go forth to effectively reduce the amount of avoidable waste that occurs. Did you know 1 out of 7 people in the world go to bed hungry ? At that rate, approximately 169 people in Lake View are going hungry; about 440 thousand people in Iowa; about 44 million people in the United States; and 980 million people in the world. It is hard to grasp or understand these figures, especially as we sit down at the dinner table at night and walk away full. It is hard to understand how many people have the struggle to find food, especially when we go to a grocery store or a restaurant and have a spread of food at our fingertips or served to us. It is hard to imagine how many people scrummage through garbage cans hoping for scraps of food, especially as we carelessly chuck the leftovers in our garbage. Waste by definitions is unwanted, useless material. The problem is a lot of this waste is not always necessarily useless or unwanted. From my own experience as a waitress, I saw so much good food go to waste. At the Italian restaurant I worked at, if I totaled all that I threw away from peoples scraps and leftovers, it was typical for me to throw away at least an entire pizza, a bag of salad, and a pot of pasta each shift. People have grown accustomed to ordering large portions that they neither need nor want, and as a result a lot is wasted. Industrialized worlds are countries that are advanced enough to run a variety of large scale industries. In an industrialized world, like the United States, we as consumers waste 33% of produced goods. Consider the average farm size in Iowa which is 331 acres. A farmer could burn down 109 acres of his or her crop. This accounts for the 33%, or 1/3, of waste that occurs through production processes and general waste of the consumer when the finished product is purchased. In developing countries, 33% of the food is wasted due to poor storage, insufficient transportation, and no refrigeration. This large amount of waste once again should not be allowed to continue if we can help it. These developing countries need help, support, and resources so they can begin to maintain a better food production system that can help so many people in need. There is hope that all of this could be improved. If people and governments started developing systems where small business food productions were given the chance to flourish, there could be a chance for a more widespread, sustainable food distribution to people in need of it. Brazil serves as a prime example of these efforts and the successes that follow. Brazil has won a lot of recognition for it Zero Hunger program it has installed to fight poverty and hunger. With the awareness of hunger and the push for change, Brazil has been successful in reducing the poverty by 20 million people during the years 2003- 2009. It went from 22% of the population living in poverty in 2003 to only 7% living in poverty in 20091. In a group of 50 people the change went from 10 people being hungry to 4. This is just the small scale version, but think what a difference that is for those 6 people to no longer be going to bed without eating through the day. Too much waste occurs, period. Whether the waste is due to carelessness and extravagant ways of life, or due to insufficiencies and ignorance, there is too much waste occurring. There are at least 100 million people out there that are going hungry, and they are struggling unnecessarily. If there was more awareness of the facts and a full push by all countries to do their part in preventing waste, we could have a much better food system for all.

Rosenberg, Tina. To Bea Back Poverty, Pay the Poor. 3 January 2011. 15 May 2012. <>.

Norton, Tim. Whats Wrong with Our Global Food System. Oxfam GROW. 9 May 2012. 15 May 2012. <>.