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Reading and writing are two skills that all professionals need.

It is
a know fact that most if not all jobs require a strong set of skills in
these areas. One must comprehend the information they are reading
and know to construct an effective essay. The rhetorical analysis is a
tool that is provided to readers and writers to fully understand and
analyze the purpose for the article, and how they appeal to the
rhetorical strategies (ethos, logos, pathos). By appealing these
strategies when reading, the reader is able to identify if the writer used
these strategies to the article and go deeper into the meaning.

In this particular assignment, we were to chose a article that was


to revolve around the subject of our research paper. We were to fully
identify the tools used throughout the article recognize if the authors
tools were affective on providing information to the reader. The topic
for my research paper is about the increasing amount of food waste
produced due to schools free breakfast and lunch programs.

This article, Its just so much waste. A qualitative investigation


of food waste in a universal free School Breakfast Program by Stacy A
Blondin, Holly Carmichael Djang, Nesly Metayer, Stephanie AnzmanFrasca and Christina D Economos was about researching the waste that
the school breakfast program is causing. They conducted an
observation where they looked at ten elementary schools in large

urban school district that was applying free breakfast in schools. This
observation consisted of interviewing school district stakeholders. The
information they collected was analyzed and formed into themes. The
information they collected was (what was being eaten, if the students
are given enough time to eat, what meals they preferred, if the taste of
the food was impacting food waste, did teacher, parents, cafeteria staff
and administration know about the waste of food, etc.). In conclusion
members of the school recognized food waste as a problem, stated
numerous contributing factors, and designed multiple strategies to
combat this issue of food waste.

In the article itself the authors dont really establish if they are
credible to be writing about this topic. That is when I decided to search
the authors of the article. After looking up the authors I learned that
the team who conducted research were all credible and relevant to
the topic. One of the authors, Stacy A Blondin, got her bachelors in
Psychology from Harvard, earned a masters degree from Johns
Hopkins School of Public Health in Nutrition and earned a PhD from
Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Holly Djang has
over thirteen years of experience designing and leading applied
research and program evaluation projects fro nonprofits, school
districts, government agencies and universities. Nesly Metayer,
Stephanie Anzman-Frasca and Christina Economos also attended Tufts

University and their research and degrees are centered around aspects
on the environment, child health, and nutrition. All the members of this
observation groups were fully qualified. They are educated and have
gathered enough information to discuss this topic, however, they failed
to state their credibility in the article itself.
I feel that the genre of the text can slightly limit the information
found in it. The group of authors are all focused on the same purpose,
to show member of the school district what free breakfast programs
are causing. They briefly touched what free lunch programs cause and
do not include the free summer meals provided to students. They also
do not include the opinion of parents whose child still has to pay for
meals.
The organization of the article was very good. They authors
categorized all their data into sections, this made their information
easier to understand. If someone needed to focus on a particular
section on the observation, their organization technique made it easier.
Throughout the article there was a lot of specialized vocabulary that
was used and before beading that article and the data they collected
they informed the readers of the vocabulary being used. The authors
informed the readers of the members that make up the stakeholders
community (Elementary-school students, parents, teachers, cafeteria
managers and school principals). Doing this step made the information

collected easier to understand. The authors wanted to know the


reason for all the food waste and came to the conclusion that plate
waste had to do a lot with what was being served and the amount of
time given to students to finish their meals. They analyzed the data
collected and provided readers with items that were going uneaten and
thrown away.
The authors understood that every year more and more food is
going to waste due to free breakfast and they felt the members of the
stakeholders community should give their perspectives on the matter.
They gathered all the viewpoints of the members and put the
information they collected into a graph. This made the material easier
to read and understand.
The authors appealed to emotion by giving an estimate of how
much food is wasted and how many people that food waste can feed.
The authors also state how wasted food has huge and poisonous
consequences for people, the economy and the environment. By doing
this authors want the reader feel that there are many solutions for this
problem and it unfortunate that there is so much food waste. By
adding the opinions of the teachers and cafeteria staff also helps to
show the importance of this situation.
In conclusion the authors wanted to bring light to a very
important issues. They felt that members of the school should come up

with resolutions for the massive amount of food waste produced every
day. By using the rhetorical strategies, the authors make a good
argument and support their ideas with research they conducted. By
giving insight on the opinions of members from the schools helps back
up their argument and helps them to be viewed as more credible.

References
Blondin, S., Djang, H., Metayer, N., & Economos, C. (2015). Its just so
much waste. A qualitative investigation of food waste in a universal
free School Breakfast Program. Cambridge Journals, 18(09), 15651577. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980014002948