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What's a Massive Food Wonderland Doing in Louisville, Kentucky?

What's a Massive Food Wonderland Doing in Louisville, Kentucky? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The city's planned FoodPort is part of a trend toward mixed-use food hubs.
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Agricultural and Industrial Units

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Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow

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The world has entered an era of “peak food” production with an array of staples from corn and rice to wheat and chicken slowing in growth – with potentially disastrous consequences for feeding the planet.
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Malthus right or wrong? Can we continue to grow enough food?

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What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
People say we're "rich in other ways," but that doesn't fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable
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Hard work, long hours, few if any holidays. A farmer's life is hard. You on the other hand rely on them for everything you eat. 

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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, March 15, 8:48 PM

Unit 5 Agriculture

     The article explains the story of one small time organic farmer who is struggling to make a living off of agriculture. The woman owns a small farm and grows multiple types of organic foods, but is barely getting by and relies on a second job for income. 

      Commercial Agriculture has taken over the entire agricultural industry and now it has become almost impossible for small local organic farmers to make any money. As the government encourages and subsidizes farmers which grow only one crop, monoculture, crop biodiversity is dying out because GMOs are taking over all seeds. Organic farmers can not make any money, because a few major companies control the entire agriculture industry and our entire food production system. Subsistence farming used to be a way of life, but now it is impossible to do that and live in most parts of our world. 

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Many G.M.O.-Free Labels, Little Clarity Over Rules

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Products described as not containing genetically modified organisms, whether that statement has been verified or not, are increasingly appearing in stores.
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Many people say they want labels on GMOs but still support GMOs.  States are beginning to require labels but will that cause confusion if there is not uniformity between states?

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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, March 14, 6:33 PM

Unit 5 Agriculture                                                                                                                   This article describes the confusion behind the non-GMO and GMO free labels. Many food products claim to be GMO free, but are really not certified by any organization and have no proof of being non-GMO. The companies just slap on a label saying GMO free, because people are nowadays shifting towards buying non-GMO foods and it increases their sales. However, in reality there is no guarantee that the product you are buying is in fact GMO free.                                                Ever since the start of the Green Revolution and the development of GMOs people have been struggling to identify whether certain foods contain GMOs or don't. Many labels claiming non-GMO have been created, but the credibility of these labels are questionable. The non-GMO project has been working to certify products that are GMO free, but many companies have just created their own labels claiming their product is non-GMO and the consumer has no idea which label is actually true. As genetically modified seeds spread, it will soon be impossible to eat a GMO free diet, because GMOs will be found in everything.

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Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers

Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In light of the recent public anger over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple, printable list of companies that use Monsanto products. By avoiding products made by companies on this list, you can help ensure your money isn’t going to Monsanto and also watch out for the health of your family and yourself.
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Tristram Stuart: Waging War Against Global Food Waste

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National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tristram Stuart wants the world to stop throwing away so much good food.
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As our need for food production grows, we need to do a better job of preventing waste. 

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Seeing Seoul: Museums, temples, markets and excellent food

Seeing Seoul: Museums, temples, markets and excellent food | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Exploring the historic and old-fashioned side of Seoul along with the ultra-modern side of the South Korean capital.
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Visiting Seoul is a cultural experience like no other. The food, the smells, the skyscraper buildings beside palaces, and centuries of history and pride in the long and beautiful history of S.Korea. The city (and the country) are surprising to Westerners for their modern, safe, and welcoming atmosphere

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Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles, Study Finds

Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles, Study Finds | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Higher costs and limited supermarket access are cited as barriers to health.
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More and more Americans are finding themselves in a food desert.

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The New Scramble for Africa

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Thought colonialism was over? Our new interactive infographic shows how corporations like Monsanto are scrambling to carve up Africa's food system: http://wdm.li/newscramble
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Ah times change, but motives do not.

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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 22, 2014 10:44 PM

Development/Agriculture Unit

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National Geographic Investigates the Future of Food

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By 2050, Earth will likely be home to more than nine billion people. That's a lot of mouths to feed. In a special eight-month series, “The Future of Food,” National Geographic investigates how to meet our growing need for nourishment without harming the planet that sustains us. Join the discussion in National Geographic magazine and online at NatGeoFood.com.
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Disconnected from our food?

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▶ MALTHUS AND POPULATION : TEN MINUTE GUIDE - YouTube

A ten minute guide to the 18th/19th century English classical economist Malthus and his theory of population. Produced for the history and context of journal...
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Food fight

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OF THE many thousands of usually small protests that break out in China every year, few relate to national policy. Many consider the risk of challenging the central...
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All the Countries That Contribute to a Single Jar of Nutella

All the Countries That Contribute to a Single Jar of Nutella | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Turkish hazelnuts, Malaysian palm oil, Nigerian cocoa, Brazilian sugar, French vanilla...

 

Some 250,000 tons of Nutella are now sold across 75 countries around the world every year, according to the OECD. Nutella is a perfect example of what globalization has meant for popular foodstuffs: Not only is it sold everywhere, but its ingredients are sourced from all over the place too.


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The geography of food

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, January 28, 2014 1:26 PM

Some things that we take for granted are and come from all over the world. As you said in last class just because something says that it is not made in China doesnt mean that their arent any resources that the company used to creat the item that didn't come from China or any other power house place. In this case the Palm Oil comesd from Malaysia, Hazelnut comes from Turkey, Cocoa from Nigeria, Vainilla from Brazil and, Vainilla and Sugar from France.

Mrs Parkinson's curator insight, February 12, 2014 3:48 PM

GCSE Globalisation info - great case study

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:55 AM

I was surprised to see how many countries contribute to s single jar of nutella. I have always assumed it came straight from Italy just because it is an Italian commodity. It is a positive thing to see because you look at the commerce and trade that is generated throughout the world through this one brand alone

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China’s Pork Feeds People And Economies

China’s Pork Feeds People And Economies | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
More than half of the world's pigs are in China. We look at what growing industrial pork production means for China and the world.
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The Green Revolution: Waging A War Against Hunger - YouTube

NHD - Senior Group Documentary 2010 Districts Version Theme: Innovation in History By Anita & Karis
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Students produced Green Revolution project

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What's wrong with what we eat?

What's wrong with what we eat? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
It's easy to worry about food: Are we eating the wrong stuff? What about people who don't have enough to eat? These talks examine the problems -- and some compelling solutions.
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A playlist of 9 TED talks about the food we eat

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A Kansas Town Rallies for a Modest Lifeline: A Local Grocery Store

A Kansas Town Rallies for a Modest Lifeline: A Local Grocery Store | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Plains has struggled in ways familiar to many towns in the Midwest. A grocery store, some residents believe, would afford them more than just fresh food.
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Urban, agriculture, food desert, rural 

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Feeding Our Hungry Planet

"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 http://natgeofood.com for ongoing coverage of food issues as we investigate the Future of Food today on World Food Day."

 

Tags: sustainability, agriculture, food production, unit 5 agriculture.


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Population increase is just part of the story. How do we feed everyone? How will we provide for the needs of everyone?  Can the earth sustain the use of her resources and the impact of our growing needs and output. First we must eat. Can we learn to do that wisely? 

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Truthbehere2's curator insight, October 17, 2014 10:30 AM

I think I might as well buy some land and plant my own huge garden for this crap coming up and have a fence around my yard too

Bella Reagan's curator insight, November 28, 2014 5:48 PM

Unit 2-Population

 

This video was about the growing population in the world and as a result the growing food demand. This video points out that even though more food production seems like the solution, instead other solutions are more logical. Solutions include reducing wastes, preserving forests, being more productive on current farms and more. It states that farming is a huge business but it goes towards more than growing food for people to eat but also for other things like animals and materials. The worlds population is growing and there needs to be a change in food industries to keep thriving. 

 

This relates to unit 2 about population since it is thinking of ways to adapt to the worlds growing population. By 2050 it is predicted that population will increase by 33% and something has to change about food in order for people to stay fed. There is too much food being wasted that if that could be decreased it could make a huge difference. The video made a good point that it's not that we need more food it's that we need to manage and prioritize production.  

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We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
National Geographic Photo Blog
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Culture and Agriculture Unit.

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Culture and agriculture unit

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10 Great Agriculture Infographics

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A collection of 10 interesting and informative agriculture infographics from around the Internet.
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The story of your food is not a simple thing. There are lots of steps in the commodity chain that take a piece of every dollar. Subsidies and allotments keep prices up or down depending.

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Map: Here's how much every country spends on food

Map: Here's how much every country spends on food | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Americans spend 7% of their budget on food. Pakistanis spend 47%.
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And we think food is expensive. 

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French Schools No Longer Allowed To Offer Special Lunches To Muslim Students

French Schools No Longer Allowed To Offer Special Lunches To Muslim Students | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
PARIS, April 4 (Reuters) - Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to F...
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Are we going backwards in multiculturalism?

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28 Fruits And Vegetables That You Had No Idea Grew Like That

28 Fruits And Vegetables That You Had No Idea Grew Like That | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
OK, some of these you might know, but the first time I saw Brussels sprouts in their true form , I literally screamed.
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Be ware of the unsightly language, but the surprising info is worth the read. Even I, the farmer, was surprised by a few!

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​Inside My Shopping Cart: Food, Culture and Geographic Yearning

​Inside My Shopping Cart: Food, Culture and Geographic Yearning | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
I am in the kitchen of the house I grew up
in,
holding a head of cabbage stable on the cutting board with both hands,
while my
mother thrusts a cleaver into it, slicing it in half.
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