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This report contains a sampling of commodity chain papers from the Spring 2007 People and the Environment course (Geography 232). For this paper, students selected a food or other natural resource related product that was available in two (or more) forms. The two forms differed from each other on at least one important dimension (e.g., locally produced/globally produced, conventional/organic, produced by a big company/produced by a small company, etc.). Students traced the two versions of the food/product back through the various social and physical transformations they had undergone on the way to the consumer. The point of the paper was to explore the range of ways in which the two versions of the product differ, and to understand the origins, transformations, and the environmental impacts that occur before the product reaches the consumer.



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