Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

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The phrase “animal, vegetable, mineral” has been used to describe many things from game shows Link (Links to an external site.) to comic book characters, even an adaptation for Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Links to an external site.) . However, for this assignment, you will focus on ideas stemming from the taxonomy (biological classification) presented by Carolus von Linnaeus that everything can be classified as animal (alive), vegetable (grows), or mineral (from the ground).

Your assignment is to choose something you eat or wear and, similar to your last blog post, trace it back to its roots. You may be able to start with labels on a manufactured product, or if you grew or wove it yourself, the process you went through to get it to the end product.

Write a short essay discussing narrow, detailed aspects of your search process, not simply “I bought a dozen eggs from Walmart that says they came from Arkansas.” This will likely require visiting webpages of the store or manufacturer. Consider things like:

What are other people saying about the item and the growing/manufacturing processes?
Were there difficulties finding its roots? Does that concern you and why?
What attracts you to this product?
Did you find things you didn’t want to know or will change your buying habits in the future?
If you performed part of the production process, discuss what you did, why you produced it yourself, and perhaps what you learned through the production or growing process.
These are just some questions and ideas to explore, remember that you are graded on your unique approach to the topic.


Become an informed consumer by researching the products you use and eat
Articulate your knowledge of agricultural industries through proper terminology
Personally connect to the farm

350-500 words
Organize using proper paragraph and sentence structure
Write an introduction and conclusion
Cite sources
Refer to the rubric for grading specifics
Post to Farm Journal blog with a title that identifies your topic

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