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Analysis Finds Three Times More Farmers’ Markets in Areas with Lowest Obesity Rates

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Article: Analysis Finds Three Times More Farmers’ Markets in Areas with Lowest Obesity Rates

Unit: Economics

            An analysis done by PetersonGIS reveals that locations with the most amount of farmers markets have the lowest rate of obesity. This chart above represents the data found. In category 1 the obesity rate is between 12-25% while having 1817 farmers within the given area. This is in contrast to category 4 with an obesity rate of 35-45% while having only 176 farmer’s markets. With this data it shows that obesity rates and farmer’s markets correlate with each other.

            This relates back to human geography and economics. The reason it relates back to economic is because the farmers uphold Weber’s Location Theory. The farmers go to areas that have the optimal location in relation to the cost of transportation, labour, and agglomeration. This is further shown in the other map as most of the world population are located on the west coast and east coast where there is the most amounts of farmers markets and therefore the lowest obesity rates.

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The Meatrix

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Article: The Meatrix

Unit: Agriculture

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The Meatrix is an award winning animated short film targeting issues involving agricultural practices. It is intended to raise awareness and to educate people about the growing issues surrounding sustainable agriculture and its counterpart of factory farming. The Meatrix went viral as it received an outstanding 350 000 people view the site within the first week. As of January 2005 it had over 5 million views over more than 30 countries. The Meatrix has garnered numerous viewers of all ages and around the world, which makes world of agriculture’s present and future brighter. Towards that end, it tries to teach its viewers about the problems surrounding factory farming and how this, in turn, can be detrimental to sustainable agriculture. The message is effective because they convey their message through a dark satire but, at the same time, they use humour.

The Meatrix relates back to human geography and agriculture as it brings issues surrounding commercial farming to the forefront some of these are additives, air pollution, animal welfare, antibiotics, climate change. At the same time Meatrix promotes local, intensive farming telling us to eat, buy, and be local. As our population continues to grow commercial agriculture will become a necessity as it is will be the only way to keep up the supply for such a growing demand. I feel that The Meatrix is bringing forth the right issues as it makes people aware of issues that commercial farming needs to change. However, the picture it paints blows these issues far out of proportion. While its promotion of local, intensive farming is good, commercial farming is the key to our agricultural future.

URL: http://wellpreserved.ca/the-meatrix-then-and-now/

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How Apple's CEO Helped Transform Popular Culture

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Article: How Apple's CEO Helped Transform Popular Culture

Unit: Culture

As the news of Steve Jobs death grief fades over many. As we look back on Steve Jobs life an argument can be made that Steve Jobs has affected pop culture and culture like no one has in many decades. He did not invent the computer, portable music player, the smartphone, or the tablet, however what he did was bring it to the forefront and popularizing them. Steve Jobs changed our culture by bringing forth these products making way for things like the internet and with it Facebook, twitter, blogging, and Wikileaks, etc. By bringing the idea of simplicity, design, and technology he has allowed us to change our culture through movies, music, books, news, whether for good or bad.

This article relates back to human geography and culture. The definition of culture is specialized behavioral patterns, understandings, adaptations, and social systems that summarize a group of people’s learned way of life. Steve Jobs wa s able to change many of our behavioral patterns as well as changing the way we socialize. With all the Apple products pop culture has dramatically changed and has diffused over much of the world. However, in my opinion the way these products have changed pop culture as well as our own culture is bad. When the Apple products came forth many other companies followed suit with their own products. Together these products have made our generation and generations to come too reliable on technology. This impacts us in a negative way as it impedes us to use our own brain as we do not have to talk as much, furthermore we loose contact with people as we use technology as a way of interacting with others.

 URL: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/10/06/141105703/steve-jobs-how-apples-ceo-helped-transform-popular-culture?ft=1&f=1032

 

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Maps of the 2008 US Presidential Election Results

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Article: Maps of the 2008 US Presidential Election Results

Unit: The Nature of Geography and Perspectives

By now, we must all know of the maps of TV channels to represent the presidential election results. Here, the Republicans and John McCain is represented by red, and on the other hand, the Democrats and Barack Obama is represented by blue.

 

Although, in the first map it seems as if there is more red than blue suggesting that the Republicans won. However, the opposite is true as the Democratics won. As we move from map to map more detail is shown to more accurately represent the people’s votes during the 2008 Presidential election.

By using a cartogram, a map of statistical data in geographical distribution on a map. Here, the cartogram is representing the population distribution of states as the larger they are the bigger the population and vice versa. As you can see, by using a cartogram we are able to more accurately map the results of the 2008 Presidential Election as there is clearly more blue than red shown.  

The next map shows the size of each state based on its number of electoral votes. Although, this map looks very similar to the one above, it is a bit different seeing that smaller states have grown in size as they are rewarded more electoral votes. Now, the states are completely proportional to the exact amount of electoral votes won by each candidate.

The next map illustrates how different people voted within each county. As well, it shows how misleading maps can be because since there is more red, people assume that the Republicans won, however that could be further from the truth as if we take this map and show how populations are divided within each county there is a huge change. As seen here the size of the Republican voters has decreased because, although they take up a large amount of space, the population within that space is considerably smaller compared to the larger populations of Democratic voters.

            This map shows how many people within the country are evenly divided by being shown by purple. However, there can also be seen the strongholds of the Democrats in blue, as they appear larger to show that these areas have a larger population. However, there are also many Republican strongholds but they are hard to be seen because the are much smaller to reflect there smaller populations.

This article relates back to geography and more in particular unit one because the article all relates back to the theme of mapping. This article shows how maps can mislead a person’s judgment, however, that is why many different themes of maps have been created to halt this idea. Maps such as dot maps, mental maps, isoline, topographical, graduated cylinder maps, as well as cartogram maps shown in the article above. Everything can relate back to the idea of geography and in this case the Presidential Election race has related back to it in showing more efficient and more practical ways of representing the true data of the 2008 election.

URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/

 

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More poor live in suburbs than in urban areas, research shows

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Article: More poor live in suburbs than in urban areas, research shows

Unit: Urban Centers

In the mid and late 90’s the suburbs were areas for the elite and the rich, however, this pattern has been reversed as of late as more poor people live in the suburbs. The number of poor people who live in the suburbs has increase significantly, from 2000 to 2011 it has increased 67%.  One reason for this increase is these houses in the suburbs are much more affordable while gentrified and larger plots of land compared to properties in the city. Another reason is just by the overall increase of suburbs, furthermore the poverty of the suburbs have increased form within as many were hit hard by the recent recession.

This article relates backs to human geography and urban centers as it demonstrates that not only are they growing but attracting a wide variety of classes. Many low income people are being attracted to the suburbs as you receive more bang for your buck. As the suburbs become more affordable compared to downtown urban areas the suburbs will continue to grow adding to the overall growth of urban areas. However, the expansion of urban areas although providing affordable housing to low income housing are detracting from our environment. The suburbs mainly house people who work within the city which means they must commute to work. With their expansion farming and agricultural land must be killed.

URL: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/19/local/la-me-suburban-poverty-20130520

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Equal Population US States

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Article: Equal Population US States

Unit: Geopolitics

Throughout the United States, there are states of all different sizes from Rhode Island which is the smallest state to Texas which is one of the biggest. Therefore, Texas would have a larger population giving it more electoral votes and this would create an uneven senate. Redrawing the state lines it is extreme gerrymandering. The redrawn state lines give all fifty states an equal population giving each of them all the same electoral votes and a balanced senate.

            This image relates back to human geography and geopolitics as it demonstrates a fair way of redrawing the states borders. Unlike gerrymandering where it is the goal to unevenly divide voting districts to gain an unfair advantage to a party this would give political party a better voting system as each state is as important as the next. As well, it would also be beneficial to American States as they all receive a fair and equal say.

URL: http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/02/equal-population-us-states.html

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Most of the World’s Population are out of Touch with the Natural World

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Article: Most of the World’s Population are out of Touch with the Natural World

Unit: Population

During an interview the veteran broadcaster David Attenborough explains that more than half of the global population are out of touch with the natural world. As our planet is growing in numbers, once areas roaming with wildlife are being replaced with skyscrapers and homes. The United Nations has said that around fifty percent of the world’s population is urbanized meaning that they do not experience the natural world. This is why Attenborough has pushed for programs such as “Planet Earth” or “Africa” because it brings the natural world to people who otherwise would not see it. As well by making such things available to people it makes them aware of issues going on around them and showing how valuable the environment and wildlife is.

This relates back to Human Geography and population because it shows how our population is growing while urban centers are growing. As these urban centers grow most of the world population becomes disconnected from our very planet. Furthermore, one of the reasons that urban areas are growing so rapidly is migration. Many people and families continue to move from rural areas towards urban centers in search for a better life. This pattern of migration further squanders our relationship with our environment and wildlife.

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9877622/David-Attenborough-most-of-the-worlds-population-are-out-of-touch-with-the-natural-world.html

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