Write an Op-Ed in 650 words about nutrition

Write An Op-Ed intended for the Seattle Times

○ 650 words or less

○ Take a stance on The Local Food Initiative for King County

○ Weigh both sides of the argument

○ Come to a conclusion

Structure of the Op-Ed:


○ Not opinion, but facts

○ Sets the stage/prepares the background for the argument

○ Reflect on what you have learned in class


○ Take a stance on the issue. Do you think it will be successful? Do you think that people will be negatively or positively affected?

○ Reflect on evidence provided by readings and lectures to support your argument


○ Summarize what you consider the best course of action

Criteria/Rubric (total 20 points):

Exposition: Summarize the background on the current issue

● What is the proposed initiative? (2pts)

● How does the proposed initiative influence the local food environment? (2pts)

● What are the current health disparities tied with this issue? (2pts)


● What is your opinion on implementing this initiative? (2 pts)

● Supply three statements that support your opinion. Use the information presented in class, either from lecture, guest speakers, or readings. If you oppose the initiative, please provide a solution you feel better tackles the issues (3 pts)


● Draft a brief conclusion that restates the current issue, the initiative proposed, and your supporting or opposing argument (6 pts)

● Include word count at bottom of page (1 pt)

Grammar, flow/organization, spelling, word count (2 pts)

● Mastery of grammar is shown. Paper flows and ideas are clear. Word limit is not exceeded

Please write the Op-Ed follow the above criteria.

Be sure to read the King county report carefully in order to answer the questions.