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China's taste for pork serves up a pollution problem

China's taste for pork serves up a pollution problem | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
No one asked the villagers of Houtonglong before the pig farm was built near their homes and their health began to suffer
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Check out this video clip.  China is the largest producer of pork in the world and has the domestic demand to back it.  It is taking its toll on farms and those who live near them in terms of pollution and health issues, however.

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Articles and study material on agricultural revolutions, farming, food sources and scarcity, green revolution, land usage, GMOs, etc.
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The Neolithic Revolution - How Farming Changed the World

The Neolithic Revolution - How Farming Changed the World | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
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With the domestication of crops and animals, Neolithic man changed the world.

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The Second Agricultural Revolution: England 1500 - 1850

The Second Agricultural Revolution: England 1500 - 1850 | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

For many years the agricultural revolution in England was thought to have occurred because of three major changes: the selective breeding of livestock; the removal of common property rights to land; and new systems of cropping, involving turnips and clover. All this was thought to have been due to a group of heroic individuals, who, according to one account, are 'a band of men whose names are, or ought to be, household words with English farmers: Jethro Tull, Lord Townshend, Arthur Young, Bakewell, Coke of Holkham and the Collings.

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The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1

John Green investigates the dawn of human civilization by looking into how people gave up hunting and gathering to become agriculturalists.

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How Sustainable Farming Can Be Better than Organic Agriculture

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ visits his friends farm to share with you how sustainable farming can be better than simply organic agriculture. ...
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Farmers: UK losing ability to feed itself - Telegraph

Farmers: UK losing ability to feed itself - Telegraph | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
There is a marked decline in the availability of British food as farmers convert their land to stay afloat, NFU report will show
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'Aquaculture project affects 2,000 coastal fishermen' - The Rakyat Post

'Aquaculture project affects 2,000 coastal fishermen' - The Rakyat Post | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2, 2015: The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) wants the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry to investigate an aquaculture project in Kerian, allegedly affecting some 2,000 coastal fishermen in Perak.
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The 10 Most Important Crops In The World

The 10 Most Important Crops In The World | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
This is what feeds the world.
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Can you name the top 10??  What do you think is #1?

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Will Ethiopian dam dry up the Nile?

Will Ethiopian dam dry up the Nile? | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

"Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (known as Gerd) is now about 30% complete.  Once completed, in three years, it will be Africa's largest hydropower dam, standing some 170m (558ft) tall."


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Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 1, 2014 3:06 PM

In an area fraught with political instability, non state actors, and rebel groups all too willing to fight for power and the wealth that comes from it - it will be interesting to see how the conflicts shift over time as this dam gets closer to completion. Will Egypt attempt to sabotage it or will they take a more diplomatic approach and try to work with the Ethiopian government diplomatically again?  Perhaps Egypt will whisper in to the ear of Sudan or the various "rebel" groups in the region, considering diplomatic means have apparently failed so far. With Sudan's use of the Blue River also going to be affected by Ethiopia's damming, it will be interesting to see if a cooperation between Egypt and Sudan occurs. Perhaps Ethiopia would like to see a deeper conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, keeping their affected neighbor off balance.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 16, 2014 6:47 PM

It is extremely difficult to divide a river. The Ethiopians will benefit immensely from this project but the Egyptians could lose everything if the Nile dries up. This is going to be a difficult problem to solve.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:45 PM

There is no way the whole Nile river is going to be dried up because of this damn. Ethiopia won't let that happen. To say that the river is going to have the same amount of water in it, thats not going to happen. Obviously the Gerd is going to have a huge impact on the water supply of the Nile but it definitely isn't going to dry up the whole thing!

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How food shapes our cities

How food shapes our cities | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.
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The Green Revolution: Waging A War Against Hunger - YouTube

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Monsanto threatens to sue the entire state of Vermont

Monsanto threatens to sue the entire state of Vermont | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Lawmakers in Vermont are looking to regulate food labels so customers can know which products are made from genetically modified crops, but agricultural giants Monsanto say they will sue if the state follows through.

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Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:40 PM

I don’t think that there is a specific reason on why  Vermont is the first state to make some headway in producing this type of legislation, Vermont used to pride themselves on being one of the states with a large numbers of organic farms. And with a company like Monsanto whom use GMO on their product, it doesn’t go well with Vermont image. I do think that other states will follow suit because using Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO) and Genetically Engineered (GE) affect our help and Vermont cannot fight this big corporation by themselves. I feel that even though requiring labels on products that contain GMO is a good thing for us the consumers to know Exactly  what we are giving to ur family. I do think that is going to be a bad impact. because this big corporations like Monsanto is a good source of employment for the states. If they feel that the can make their product, they are going to take their business else where.

Blake Welborn's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:30 AM

If monsanto can win a course a battle saying they don't have to represent their GMO's on products, then they will be able to win in other places which will further murk up the waters of GMO presentation.

Obed Hernandez's curator insight, February 18, 5:34 PM

Figures!

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Tea, tradition and trade in China

Watch the latest breaking news, politics, entertainment and offbeat videos everyone is talking about at CNN.com. Get informed now!
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The Green Revolution in the Punjab: FAIL

The Green Revolution in the Punjab: FAIL | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

The Green Revolution has led to reduced genetic diversity, increased vulnerability to pests, soil erosion, water shortages, reduced soil fertility, micronutrient deficiencies, soil contamination, reduced availability of nutritious food crops.

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No way to tell if US inspectors of foreign food are doing their job

No way to tell if US inspectors of foreign food are doing their job | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has opened foreign offices to help inspect imported food, drugs and products, a new federal report found that these offices don’t have performance measu...
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India's Green Revolution

India's Green Revolution | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

A report on India's historic Green Revolution.

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The Hot Spots for Organic Food - NYT

The Hot Spots for Organic Food - NYT | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
The map of organic farms in the United States is clustered into a few geographic centers, a strikingly different pattern than the map of all farms.
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Can family farming save the world?

Can family farming save the world? | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
2014 marked the UN International Year of Family Farming, which celebrated the contribution family-based agriculture brings to the global food system.

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Isabella El-Hage's curator insight, May 25, 1:33 PM

This article discuses how the United Nations is becoming an advocate for family farms, or micro farms that families utilize and share to feed their community, or sell for a profit. Family farms eradicate hunger, and create a sustainable and lasting way for a community to grow food. Large scale farms use chemicals and pesticides that can endanger the environment and the health of the people, while family farms do not, and produce mostly organic foods. The writer of the article introduced the idea of establishing micro farms in communities in Africa, This would provide a way for the community to have a lasting food source, and they could also sell their produce to local markets for a profit. African tribes and communities would no longer have to rely on foreign aid, and they would become increasingly more independent. 

This article links to Unit Five, Agricultural and Rural Land Use, because it proposes the idea of using family farms and rural land to solve for poverty in communities across the globe. 

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Vertical farming will produce edible greens in Newark

Vertical farming will produce edible greens in Newark | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Welcome to your grocery-getting, cooking and eating future. You will want to get more familiar with phrases such as 'vertical farming' and 'controlled agriculture' to grasp what may be a growing force in how we produce and get our food.

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Sierra Leone's Women Face Land Rights Challenges

Sierra Leone's Women Face Land Rights Challenges | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

"In Sierra Leone, about 80 percent of the people working in the agricultural sector are women. They face huge challenges when it comes to land rights, however, which leads to more poverty for them an..."

Some people are starting to pay attention to the hardships these women face, and are doing stuff to help.

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 1, 2014 2:41 PM

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National Geographic Future of Food Series

National Geographic Future of Food Series | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
In our rapidly changing, globalized world, we all need to understand how food has made us who we are today and how it shapes our future. Starting with the May issue of National Geographic magazine and continuing through 2014, National Geographic explores our complex relationship with what we eat and where our food comes from.
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Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers

Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
HUSTONTOWN, Pa. — Jim Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent.
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Multimedia | Monsanto Newsroom

Multimedia | Monsanto Newsroom | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Monsanto Newsroom provides the latest information regarding the Monsanto Company - including our business and products.
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U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try

U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
From beetles to butterflies and from ants to stinkbugs, people in dozens of countries regularly eat insects. Here are the most popular types of edible critters.
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Food for thought: an actor's new role ... in the grocery store

Food for thought: an actor's new role ... in the grocery store | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
By Ron Mott, Correspondent, NBC News NEW ORLEANS -- As a boy, Wendell Pierce dreamed of leaving his hometown one day for the world stage.
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Rebuilding New Orleans neighborhoods and eliminating food deserts.

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Video game urinals are more than just a break between innings

Video game urinals are more than just a break between innings | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola Park plans to debut the new technology at Tuesday's exhibition game versus the Reading Fightin Phils.
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OK guys, avoid those awkward situations.  Have some fun in the meantime.  Perhaps coming to a men's room near you soon! 

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