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[UIUC] MACS364: Food Networks - S2014

Anita Chan, Author

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A:  Wheat Infographic

I tried to depict a map of how wheat affects the state of Illinois economically.    I began by explaining how much of Illinois land is used for raising crops, then went into wheat’s role in Illinois’ crop commodities.   I gained all of my
information from two articles written in the Illinois’ Department of Agriculture’s magazine.
  The first
article was
  “Illinois Agriculture: An Overview of the State’s Diverse Agriculture Industry” (page 8), where the
general facts about Illinois commodity crops were found.
   From this source I went on to find what type of wheat is of commodity in Illinois, the total amount of exports which it accounts for, and the goods and resources that these grain products provide us with. 
            From my second source, I discovered how important these farm operations are to our economy as a state.  The name of the article was “A Living Agricultural Legacy:  Illinois County Fair Queen carries on her family’s farming tradition” (page 36).  With over 200 career choices within agriculture, making up 17% of the state’s workforce, Illinois would not be one of the top five states in cash income and crop cash receipts. Wheat is one of the main sources of income for the state because it is one of the most abundantly grown crops on our land.


If Marion Nestle were to reflect on my infographic, she would probably suggest that I add some
information on the politics behind the state’s success in wheat production and exportation.  A general adjustment that I
believe she would make to the Dept. of Agriculture articles would be on food safety information provided.  Much of her
writing was on microbial diseases and animal agriculture.  There could be some information on how food
safety oversight specifically plays into the crops that are being produced in Illinois.

            Much of Marion Nestle’s writing was on dairy products, meat, or corn.  I did not find any specific information on wheat, or any regulations, systems, or politics relating to wheat production in particular.  I can, however relate the information that she gives about food companies operating like ant other big company who is devoted to sales and growth.  For example, food companies spend extraordinary amounts of money on advertising and marketing to compete with other companies, and they correspondingly use politics to influence food professionals and other stakeholders. 

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