Discussion Questions

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Here are some questions to stimulate discussion around Nourish. Consider one or two questions from “Introductions,” “Reflections on Nourish,” “Be the Difference,” and “Closing Thoughts.”


  • What’s your name (and affiliation)?
  • What brings you to this gathering?
  • What excites you about food?
  • What does “nourish” mean to you?

Reflections on Nourish

  • What was something in the film that was new to you? What surprised you?
  • What content in the film affected you the most, and why?
  • What are some questions you have about the story of your food?
  • What are you interested in learning more about?

Connect Nourish to Personal Experience

  • What food traditions are represented in your family? How are they celebrated?
  • Recall an especially memorable meal. Who made it? What was the occasion? What made it special?
  • What is your first memory of eating fresh, seasonal produce?
  • What new whole foods (fruit, vegetables, grains) have you discovered in the past two years? How did you discover them?
  • How has your relationship to food changed over your lifetime?

Building a Healthy Food Culture

  • How does the modern Western diet differ from more traditional cultures’ diets? What are the health and environmental consequences of the Western diet?
  • What do you think is the root cause of our society’s largely unhealthy relationship to food?
  • What does “food culture” mean to you? What words would you use to describe our nation’s food culture?
  • How can we create a healthier food culture?

Chapter 1: Connections

  • What food issues are you most passionate about?
  • Pick a recent meal or food choice that connected you to the global food system? How much do you know about where the food came from and how it got to you?
  • What does “interdependent” mean to you? Who are some of the people we rely on for our daily food?
  • Have you ever visited a farm or ranch that produces food you eat? What might be the closest one?

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