Urban chicken farming takes dinner from backyard to plateWBRC(RNN) - While some people grow corn, carrots and cucumbers in home gardens, others prefer to raise something a little more lively in their backyards.
The world's 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012 – enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, Oxfam has revealed, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich.
UPDATE: The PBS episode "Food Machine" premiered on April 11th, 2012 on the series "America Revealed." Now the episode is available online.
"Over the past century, an American industrial revolution has given rise to the biggest, most productive food machine the world has ever known. In this episode, host Yul Kwon explores how this machine feeds nearly 300 million Americans every day. He discovers engineering marvels we’ve created by putting nature to work and takes a look at the costs of our insatiable appetite on our health and environment. For the first time in human history, less than 2% of the population can feed the other 98%."
Beef Products Inc. permanently closed its plants at Waterloo and two other locations on Monday, saying it could not overcome the damage from a controversy over beef trimmings. The closings will affect 650 workers, including 220 in Waterloo.
This is an interesting issue coming out of Iowa. The governor and former governor (the current Secretary of Agriculture) have been putting on a full-court press of positive PR for "pink slime." How does this decision impact the local agriculture industries? What other impacts will this plant closure have beyond agriculture? While the market compel agribusiness to reform long term?
For 10 years I had the great privilege to lead the genetic resources program at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, and work...
A lengthy clip (I would only show the first 4 minutes with a class) that demonstrates the vast amount of scientific energy focused on agriculture. Unspoken is the vast amount of resources invested in genetically modified organism that is leading to a loss of genetic biodiversity that poses some potential risks for our most important crops.
Americans ate 475 million pounds of tilapia last year, making this once obscure African native the most popular farmed fish in the United States.
Industrial farming, human-introduced species, GMOs, outsourcing and environmental impacts are but some of the relevant themes from this video. How are global taste buds reshaping the geographic landscape?
This infographic shows the main causes of death in 1900 in the United States and compares that with the 2010 figures. The United States, during that time underwent what many call the epidemiological transition (in essence, in developed societies we now die for different reason and generally live longer) What are the geographic factors that influence these shifts in the mortality rates? What is better about society? Has anything worsened? How come?
These three charts (Fruit, Vegetable and Herbs) are an excellent reasource for teaching about agriculture and food systems. Many cultural festivals and traditions revolve around the seasonal availability of crops and many modern eating trends often call for a return eating foods within their season.
"The popularity of Quinoa has grown exponentially among the health-conscious food consumers in the developed economies of the world. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is rich in protein and is a better grain for those seeking to lose weight. Quinoa has historically be rather limited but this diffusion is restructuring the geographic patterns of many places."
McDonald's plans to open the first in a series of all-vegetarian restaurants in India next year. But rest assured, in most locations around the world, meat will stay on the menu.
Many of the most successful global companies or brands use highly regional variations that are attuned to local cultural norms and customs. The McAloo Tikki burger— which uses a spicy, fried potato-based patty — is the Indian McDonald's top seller.
Questions to ponder: What are the forces that lead towards an accelaration of human connectivity around the globe? What are the postive impacts of this increased connectivity? What are some negative impacts? Are these impacts the same in all places? Explain.
Tags: Globalization, food, culture, unit 3 culture and SouthAsia.
Peter Menzel's beautiful photography and our Hungry Planet...
This video is a fascinating portal into global food systems and how globalization is impacting local foods. He traveled around the world to see what families eat in a given week, and how much all the food cost and where it can from. Many wealthy countries exhibit poor nutritional habits (eating food high in fat, sugar and salt) while some in poorer people have a very balanced diet. This leads him to describe the 'Nutritional Transition.' Warning before showing in class: there are brief instances of non-sexualized nudity in the video.
This photoblog will also link you to a full article and video that explains how the American pork industry is supplying China's demand for protein as globalization forces (among others) has led the Chinese consumers to eat 10% more meat than they did just 5 years ago. WHat impact will this have on American agriculture? How to we explain fo the rise in meat demand in China?
The NDVI (Normalized Digital Vegetation Index) is on of the primary methods for detecting healthy vegetation using satellite imagery. This also serves as a useful way to distinguish between distinct ecological and agricultural regions and the temporal patterns of planting seasons.
It's one of the few food crops that actually originated in North America. But the sunflower was just a pretty diversion until Soviet breeders came up with oil-rich varieties that became a staple.
This podcast discusses the foods that are native to the U.S., diffusion of species and the advantages of sunflower oil in the making of potato chips. All of these become salient points for enhancing spatial thinking, understanding geographic patterns and processes.
Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu.
This is a compelling analysis of the agricultural food system through the case-study of fish farms. If we fish the seas like we clear-cut forests, the biodiversity of the world's waters will be seriously depleted. That has been the economic model for fishing for hundreds of years and it is obviously not sustainable given the growing population and demand for fish. However, not all "sustainable" fish farming businesses are equal, and this TED talk demonstrates some of the best practices to restructure the food industry for the best food and environmental results.
Even as more Americans buy foods labeled organic, the products are moving away from a traditional emphasis on local growing and limited environmental strain.
Organic farming has changed for the years; it is not just the small private farms of yesteryear. How have increasing consumer demand, economies of scale and expanding markets reshaped the geographic patterns of organic farming? How is the transportation of agricultural products reconfiguring the networks?
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