agriculture

LESSON PLAN: Who Grows There?

October 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

LESSON PLAN: My Human Geography students are extremely fortunate to go on three field trips already. One that is NOT included is one to a variety of local food markets. We have a bunch of different ethnic groups represented in our area all with their respective food stores. So, the next best thing I can do is bring the market to them. After covering intensive/extensive, subsistence/commercial farming types in class lecture, we need to start placing these agricultural activities on the map. I plan on having kids walk around the room looking at different crops and telling me where on the map it is found (and countries), how it grows, and what type of commercial agriculture it likely is: extensive grain cropping, intensive grain cropping, market gardening, mixed crop livestock, plantation (LDC), speciality crop (MDC), Aquaculture, Ranching, and Dairying (I think I hit them all). I picked up about 15-20 items from the store that will work well in class (no dairy/meat/fish) and placed them [...]

VIDEO via NGS: Food by the Numbers: Feeding Our Hungry Planet

October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

By 2050, the world’s population will likely increase 35 percent. But is growing more food the only option—or even the best? National Geographic investigates the challenges and solutions to feeding everyone on our planet, based on an eight-month series in National Geographic magazine. Visit natgeofood.com for ongoing coverage of food [...]

AUDIO via NPR: In ‘1493’ Columbus Shaped a World To Be

October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

This 37 minute story is great for kids in a 1:1 environment, or for a different homework assignment. The author Charles C. Mann discusses Christopher Columbus docking in the ‘New World’ and the ecological effects of bringing in invasive species to the Americas. This is a great transition from the Introduction unit to Agriculture (and also right around the time we are ‘celebrating’ Columbus Day at the mall. In 1493, Columbus Shaped a World To [...]

NEWS via NBCNews: With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct

March 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct BY CARMEN SESÍN HOMESTEAD, FL – Her name is Spanish in origin, but for Juana Sales, a migrant farm-worker from the Guatemalan high lands, it hardly reflects her cultural identity. Ten years ago, when Sales arrived in Homestead, an agricultural area in South Florida, she only spoke Mam – a Mayan language that dates back to the year 500. The obscure tongue, which is mostly spoken in Guatemala and Mexico, is classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as vulnerable to becoming extinct. Since then, Sales has learned a heavily accented, broken Spanish and a little English. She has 4 children who were born in the U.S., but none of them have shown interest in speaking their mother’s tongue. Salas is one of a growing number of U.S. Latinos who speak ancient Mesoamerican languages, some of which are considered critically endangered of becoming extinct. According to the 2010 [...]

NEWS via Guardian Liberty Voice: China Population Structure Change Demands Economic Reform

March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

China Population Structure Change Demands Economic Reform Added by Tina Zhang on March 15, 2014. On March 13, China’s annual parliament meeting closed. Reforms in financialsector, economic structure, environmental protection, and many other areas were proposed. During the nine days of the meeting, there was plenty of news showing disappointing performance in areas such as investment, retail sales and factory output in the first two months of this year. These already invited speculations that policy easing from the government should be imminent. Beijing repeated said it would tolerate slower economic growth in exchange for economic structural transformation. Aside from the often-quoted reasons for such reform, the unstoppable change of the population structure demands China must tough through the pain of slowing economy and its structural reform. China’s working-age population shrank for the first time in 2012 by 3.45 million. Looking into the future, the number of 15 to 24 [...]

News via India.com: As the world population increases, eating insects could soon become mainstream

March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

As the world population increases, eating insects could soon become mainstream Agencies March 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm How would you react if your neighborhood restaurant serves you a menu that only lists cuisines prepared from caterpillars or termites? People would soon have no choice but to consume insects as it would be increasingly difficult to feed the burgeoning world population — close to 8 billion now — in near future, warned the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). A latest FAO report, titled ‘Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security’, lists ‘entomophagy’ — a diet supplemented by insects that has health and environmental benefits. How can these insects satiate your palate in years to come? Mopane caterpillars is one such insect. It is traditionally boiled in salted water and dried in sun before eating. It can last for several months without refrigeration. According to FAO, these are a good source of potassium, sodium, [...]

via Inquirer: Urban farming Pushed to help Attain Food Self-Sufficiency

March 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Urban farming pushed to help attain food self-sufficiency By Ronnel W. Domingo Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:39 am | Saturday, March 8th, 2014 Read more: http://business.inquirer.net/165648/urban-farming-pushed-to-help-attain-food-self-sufficiency#ixzz2vUk3IoTi Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook The Department of Agriculture is pushing for proposed laws that mandate urban and vertical farming, which would help attain food self-sufficiency. Edicio dela Torre, a special technical adviser at the DA, suggested the creation of a task force that would lobby for the passage of the bills. At the House of Representatives, Butil party list Rep. Agapito Guanlao has sponsored House Bill No. 720, proposed to be named the Urban Agriculture Act of 2013. The bill institutionalizes city farming in highly urbanized areas to promote the production, processing and marketing of food crops and livestock through intensive production methods, like the use and reuse of [...]

NEWS via HinduBusinessLine: ‘Agriculture dependent population in India grew by 50% during 1980-2011’’

March 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Agriculture dependent population in India grew by 50% during 1980-2011’’ According to a report of the Worldwatch Institute, the economically active agricultural populations of China and India grew by 33 and 50 per cent respectively due to overall population growth. WASHINGTON, FEB 27: The agricultural population of India grew by a whopping 50 per cent between 1980 and 2011, the highest for any country during this period, followed by China with 33 per cent, while that of the US dropped by 37 per cent as a result of large-scale mechanisation, a latest report has said. “Between 1980 and 2011, the economically active agricultural populations of China and India grew by 33 and 50 per cent respectively due to overall population growth,” the Worldwatch Institute said in a report. “The economically active agricultural population of the US, on the other hand, declined by 37 per cent as a result of large-scale mechanisation, improved crop varieties, fertilisers, pesticides, and [...]

NEWS via NPR: The Katydid Dilemma: Will You Eat Insects?

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Could this be the onset of the Fourth AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION? One thing is for sure, it would have made ESTER BOSERUP smile. -Human Imprint ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Reblog via NPR The Katydid Dilemma: Will You Eat Insects? by BARBARA J. KING January 17, 201411:13 AM It’s right there on the dinner menu at Oyamel (a Washington, D.C., restaurant), listed under the “authentic Mexican tacos” section: Chapulines The legendary Oaxacan specialty of sauteed grasshoppers, shallots, tequila and guacamole. $5.00 Whether it’s sauteed grasshoppers at Oyamel or katydid grilled cheese sandwiches prepared for the annual Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, insects are the new darlings of the avant-garde food world. At least that’s the message in the chapter called “Grub” from Dana Goodyear’s book Anything that Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture. Which animals we [...]

NEWS via: The real solution to South Africa’s food problem – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

September 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

As South Africa has grown more urban, so have poverty and hunger migrated to its cities. While the government of South Africa sees increasing penetration of supermarkets into poorer neighbourhoods as a way to encourage economic development and increase access to food, this strategy is inherently limited. In South Africa, urbanisation has contributed to a rapid increase in poverty and a rising population of urbanites who are undernourished. Sixty percent of South Africa’s population is now urbanised, and this figure is projected to reach 80 percent by 2050. In Cape Town, a 2011 survey found that over 80 percent of households were either moderately or severely food insecure in sampled low income neighbourhoods. In addition to overall caloric food insecurity, households were found to have limited dietary diversity. There is a deep rift in the international food policy community about the role of supermarkets in addressing urban hunger. One group sees “food deserts,” or [...]

NEWS via PRI: Low-Water Lunch: A Chinese Breakthrough on Irrigation?

July 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Esther Boserup would be proud! It looks as though the Chinese have created a new irrigation system that allows plants to use water only as it needs-creating a more sustainable agricultural method to support it’s exploding population. Take that Malthus. Low-Water Lunch: A Chinese Breakthrough on Irrigation? | @pritheworld. Agronomist Kim Ji-Seok points to soil with trace irrigation that is moist, but not wet. (Photo: Mary Kay [...]

NEWS via PRI: Desert Lunch: Coaxing Climate-Friendly Food from the World’s Driest Places

June 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Human Geography Topics: Thomas Malthus Ester Boserup Agriculture Commercial Gardening Horticulture Sustainable Agriculture —————————————————————— THOMAS MALTHUS would be shocked, ESTHER BOSERUP gleaning, “I told you so.” If you ever wondered what you could do with your degree in physics, agriculture, architecture, engineering, or environmental sciences, how about solving a food crisis in an area of the World that does not easily grow food.  For countries with growing populations and an environment that is not AGRICULTURE friendly, importing food is costly. So some scientists took on the challenge to build a test facility in Qatar. Why Qatar? One scientist says, “We started with a thought, and that was, let’s take what we have enough of, like seawater, like sunlight, like sand, like CO2, to produce what we need more of—food, water, [...]
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