Climate change, changing diets and a growing global population has pushed food security to the top of the international agenda.
Food problems are fundamentally geographic. Understanding local economics, agriculture and development all play a critical role in contextualizing place-based shortages. This interactive media guide highlights where these issues are the most problematic.
Harvest is a time of plenty, when the season's hard work is rewarded by bounty. Many of the rhythms of our lives are shaped by the gathering of crops, even if most of us now live in cities.
This photo essay shows people from around the world harvesting their crops and taking them to the market. Pictured above, farmers who were waiting for customers gathered alongside corn-laden trucks at the market in Lahore, Pakistan earlier this month.
Questions to Ponder: What is similar in these images? What is different? How do those similarities and differences shape the geography of a given region?
Tags: Food, agriculture, unit 5 agriculture, worldwide, comparison, images.
Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050...
This article represents a good example of neo-Malthusian ideas concerning population growth and food production. The recent drought and subsequent food shortage/spike in global food prices has renewed interest in these ideas.
Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they're a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef.
The mapmakers have amassed some 80 maps for Food: An Atlas, ranging from surplus in Northeast Italy to meat production in Maryland. The goal is to spread information about various food systems so they can be adapted locally.
Social media is enhancing digital cooperation to enable some intriguing grass-roots projects such as this one.
The physical effects of climate change will prove catastrophic. But the social effects -- food riots, state collapse, mass migrations, and conflicts of every sort -- could prove even more disruptiv...
This is an inflammatory article from an environmental organization that is speculative in nature (in other words, take it with a grain of salt). Yet, this type of thinking about the future and thought exercises is worthy of our investigation. What do you foresee in the future given the current conditions?
The lithosphere (Earth's crust) is a hard, rigid plate on top of a softer molten layer known as the asthenosphere. Sounds like an Oreo to me! As a crude analogy that lets you bring food into the classroom, this lesson on plate boundaries sound like a winner. For an academic article on how to use Oreo's to teach about Earth's crust, see: http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/oceans/Oreo-Cookie.pdf
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