Currently in the United States, 40% of food is wasted and thrown into landfills. Moreover, 15% of Americans are food insecure. It only makes sense that the food wasted be directed towards these 15% of individuals. However, no current policy exists on a national scale to make this possible. So what can be done? How can we eliminate food waste in our life time in an effort to combat hunger and reduce the negative environmental impacts associated with food waste?
In this weekends competition, debaters are asked to create policy plans to address hunger and food waste. The debate will be focused on food recovery which means recovering food waste that can be salvaged for human consumption. There will be two sides: motivate versus mandate. All debaters are asked to create both a plan that addresses a motivate model as well as a mandate model. Debaters are further asked to support their proposals with scholarly articles and creative thinking.
The final round will be judged by Three Square Food Bank. Debaters should act as if they are in front of a panel of policy makers pitching their ideas to be considered for real implementation on the federal level. Debaters are still asked to rebut their opponents propositions while in round as if it were a “Aff/Neg” debate.
Mandate - your plan should support federal regulation of food recovery and explain how this will be implemented.
Motivate - your plan should support alternative ways to incentivize food recovery which does not require legal mandates and explain how this will be implemented.
The terms of debate described in the Judges Handbook are incorporated by reference.
Students will compete in teams of two or three debaters each. Teams will be assigned to affirm or negate the topic.
On teams of two, each speaker will give one 6 minute speech, be cross examined for 4 minutes, and cross examine an opposing debater for 4 minutes. In addition one speaker on each team will also give a 6 minute closing rebuttal. Over the course of the four preliminary rounds, each speaker on teams of two must give two closing rebuttals for their team and their partner must give two closing rebuttals for their team.
On teams of three, during rounds each debater must give one six minute speech and either be cross examined for four minutes or conduct a four minute cross examination. (One debater on a team of three will give a six minute speech and both conduct a cross examination and be cross examined. The other two will give a six minute speech and either conduct a cross examination and be cross examined.)
1st Affirmative 6 Minutes
Cross examination by 2nd Negative 4 minutes
1st Negative 6 minutes
Cross examination by 1st Affirmative 4 minutes
2nd Affirmative 6 minutes
Cross examination by 1st Negative 4 minutes
2nd Negative 6 minutes
Cross examination by 2nd Affirmative 4 minutes
2 minutes of preparation time
Affirmative Rebuttal 6 minutes
2 minutes of preparation time
Negative Rebuttal 6 minutes
*For teams of three, the third and last affirmative speaker (instead of the second) should conduct the cross examination of the 2nd Negative speaker. And the third and last negative speaker (instead of the second) should conduct the cross examination of the 1st affirmative speaker.
The entry deadline will be 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2019. Changes will be accepted at no charge until 4:30 pm on Friday, January 3, 2019. Any drops or changes after that date will be charged a nuisance fee of $20.00. Fees for each team entry is $50.00. If there are financial issues please advise as the cost is intended to defray tournament costs, not to make a profit. PLEASE BRING JUDGES: Uncovered competitors for team debates is $75. GWU will have some judges, but not enough to cover the tournament. Please note we prefer your judges to your hired money.
Ballys, Paris, Caesars, Planet Hollywood, Flamingo
Rates are forthcoming
Tournament will be hosted in the Bally’s Convention Center
Specific directions and parking instructions are forthcoming