This week’s lesson got our feet wet thinking about how food is produced, and naturally I wondered about the food I bought and ate. One food that especially stood out to me was rice, a staple of my diet since I was a child. I thought about where the rice I eat was coming from and how it got to my plate. The rice I buy today is imported from Taiwan. On it’s trip from Taiwan, many people had a hand in processing it and transporting it. Growing rice requires a lot of water. Many resources were used like oil for boats and trucks and electricity for the store. There also needed to be a system in place to accept payment for the goods, from the producers to the wholesalers and then the consumers. How do I fit into such a complex system of systems, and what can I do if I want to effect change? The global population is expected to increase from 7 billion people to 9 billion people by 2040, so it’s easy to feel small, like I’m a single grain of rice in a bowl full of rice.