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Teaching the Food System

A Project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future



Food Processing

Lesson summary

Students will explore the steps involved in manufacturing orange juice, chicken nuggets and other processed foods. Through examples, they will learn why and how foods are processed. In addition to the benefits of food processing, students will examine the dietary, health, justice, economic and environmental concerns associated with certain aspects of the industry. 


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bottles and worker in processing plant