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▶ ‫الفلم الوثائقي Food Inc. 2008 مترجم للعربية‬‎ - YouTube

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Don't mind the Arabic subtitles ;-)

An amazing and powerful documentary on the current state of food in American society, and how this in turn impacts our global food system.

Chapter Listings:

Intro - 0:00-4:00
From Fast Food to All Food - 4:00-17:00
A CORNucopia of Choices -  17:00- 24:55
Unintended Consequences - 24:55-38:55

The Dollar Menu - 38:55-44:25

In The Grass 44:25-58:05

Hidden Costs 58:05-1:06:10

From Seed to Supermarket - 1:06:10-1:16:13

The Veil 1:16:13-1:24:16

Shocks to the System 1:24:16-end

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Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food

Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Find locally grown produce anywhere in the country! Use our map to locate farmers markets, family farms, CSAs, farm stands, and u-pick produce in your neighborhood.
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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat | Food & Wine

Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat | Food & Wine | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Some vegetarians are starting to eat humanely raised meat. Christine Lennon talks to a few converts including her husband and famed author Mollie Katzen.
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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Personal Health - Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat - NYTimes.com

Personal Health - Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat - NYTimes.com | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
A new study shows that red meat has had a severe impact on our health and longevity.
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Viewpoint A (pro vegetarian) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Spotlight: Livestock impacts on the environment

Spotlight: Livestock impacts on the environment | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The challenge is to reconcile two conflicting demands: for animal food products and environmental services
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Viewpoint A (pro vegetarian) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Aral Sea Basin

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"Dust blows from what was once the Aral Sea floor. Tragic mismanagement of a natural resource."


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This is exactly what we talked about in class this week. The Aral Sea is a perfect example of how man-made structures such as dams can impact hydrology and create physical water scarcity in certain regions of the world.

The after effects on human healthy are terrible. 

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Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, February 20, 2014 9:49 PM

This is a sad reality humans must live with forever and something we as people must learn from. A man made disaster that occurred many years ago has a negative impact on areas surrounding the shrinking Aral Sea to this day. People cannot exploit an area of water this large, as this is not only harming the environment, but many human beings, as well

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:24 AM

This startling picture from space of the Aral Sea is heartbreaking.  The destruction of this inland sea is a terrible thing to behold.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 30, 2014 8:36 PM

The Aral Sea Basin has been a topic of conversation throughout geography for many reasons. What used to be filled with water is now blowing dust because its that dry? This basin is no longer a natural resource.

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Obesity: A Big Fat Problem For America’s Future

Obesity: A Big Fat Problem For America’s Future | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

Like so many phenomena, there is a spatial nature to obesity (higher in the United States than global averages and higher in the deep South than national averages).  This infographic compiles statistics that are 'food for thought.' 


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Corn varieties engineered to withstand drought offer planters hope

Corn varieties engineered to withstand drought offer planters hope | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Many crops will wither no matter what. Still, seed companies are testing a slew of products engineered to weather dry spells. As the harvest approaches, they’re anxious to see the results.

 

 

A nice article directly related to our earlier Colbert Report posts. Drought is a major concern of not just farmers, but anyone who is impacted by what the farmers produce. Is biogenetic engineering of our food the solution?


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The Story of a FreshDirect Order

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This is a great infographic from the NY Times that is featured this week on the Times' Learning Network site.  I am planning adapting the lesson plan (designed for Common Core ELA) for my World Food Problems class this Spring.

 

Infographic. One topic that combines the issues of food production and globalization in a box.

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Colbert Report: Junk Food Feed

Corn prices skyrocket, so livestock owner Joseph Watson starts feeding his cows secondhand candy.

 

 

A funny segment from the Colbert Report. It's interesting to see how a natural disaster can affect our agricultural choices. It's a great look into our food system and human environment interaction.

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Remote Sensing and Land Cover Change

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By moving the slider, the user can compare 1990 false-color Landsat views (left) with recent true-color imagery (right). Humans are increasingly transforming Earth’s surface—through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate.


This interactive feature includes 12 places that have experienced significant change since 1990.  This is an user-friendly way to compare remote sensing images over time.  Pictured above is the Aral Sea, which is and under-the-radar environmental catastrophe in Central Asia that has its roots in the Soviet era's (mis)management policies.  

 

Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, esri, unit 1 Geoprinciples, zbestofzbest.


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See how much the Aral Sea has changed due to the impact of humans on their environment for yourself. Drag the slider tool to see a before and after. Reference your textbook (p61) for the whole story.

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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 22, 2014 2:24 PM

Looking at the images above it is understandable that the disappearance of the Aral Sea is known as the greatest environmental disaster (that we are not talking about). The amount of change that has taken place in this area is incomprehensible for the amount of time it has taken. Humans so often do not consider their actions on this planet , I believe what has taken place here is an utter shame.

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 13, 2014 2:25 PM

Clearly the water level has decreased in Kazakhstan from 1990 until now. Farming, mining, and building are all indirectly changing the geography of some places. The use of rivers for cotton irrigation has shrunk by 3 quarters in the last 50 years and it is extremely affecting the Aral Sea. 

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 13, 2014 3:10 PM

Is sad to see how humans are changing the environment forcing the wild creatures to abandon the places they've been living for hundred or years or die of starvation. I wonder what will happen in 300 years when there is no more big lakes and the oceans will be completed polluted .

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United States Department of Agriculture - Home

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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com

Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The British author and farmer talks with TIME about why vegetarianism isn't the answer to cutting carbon emissions, his born-again carnivore days and why we should keep eating meat
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Viewpoint B (pro meat eating) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Vegetarian Diets from the Academy

Vegetarian Diets from the Academy | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment...
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Viewpoint A (pro vegetarian) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate. Click on the pdf link for the full file.

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Hunger Portal

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Hunger Portal | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Go here to learn more about the subject of world hunger and food security on a global scale.

What connections do you see to the core-periphery model discussed in class? 

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Video: "EAT" by Rick Mereki

Foods from around the world...This is a playful video clip that leads students to have more questions than answers about different places.  The spirit of exploration and experimentation is at the heart of this global traveler's montage of delightful dishes.  Watching this encourages viewers to open their minds to new ideas, cultures and places. 


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Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, November 6, 2013 7:58 PM

Watching this video made me hungry hahaha. This video is a good example of why we should try different food. Living in the united state has giving me the opportunity to learn about different culture. I feel that  if we try different food we are not only becoming less judgmental but we are also contributing economically. We don’t have to go to Italy to enjoy a great pizza. We can go stay here and spend our money here. At the long run it will help our economy to grow more efficiently. Made In America!!!

Alison Antonelli's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:48 AM

This is an interesting video because some people are extremely particular with what they eat. I like this video because it makes the viewers of the video wonder what they actually could be missing out on with all of the wonderful food they could be consuming. 

Courtney Burns's curator insight, December 8, 2013 1:55 PM

Even though this video barely had any words it still said a lot. It showed so many different foods from so many different places. It was pretty awesome to see the different foods that different cultures put together. One thing that I thought was funny was when the guy was eating the candy apple with popcorn attatched to it. I've had a candy apple and I've had popcorn, but never together. It would be intersting to know what country that was from. Also another thing that really cuaght my eye in the video was when the guy ate the cricket! What country eats crickets as part of their meal? That is so crazy. Meals really do tell a lot about the culture of a particular place. It is amazing to me that just from a simple dish you can learn so much about a countries culture. The first thing I always do when I go somewhere new is try the food. I have to say I loved Italy!

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Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities | Video on TED.com

TED Talks 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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How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land?

How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land? | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

Tags: infographic, food, agriculture, sustainability, urban, urban ecology, locavore, land use, unit 5 agriculture, unit 7 cities.

 

 

Really cool infographic that let's you think about what it would take to produce your own food.


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Crissy Borton's comment, September 11, 2012 8:36 PM
Looking at purchasing a house in the next year or so and this is one thing we have been looking at. Although we don't want to raise our own meat we would like to grow everything else we eat.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:44 PM

Good visual representation of what it would take to be self sufficient.

Chris Scott's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:51 AM

If you need a backyard that is about 2 acres to live off the land imagine how big of a backyard you would need if you had a family of 8.

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Colbert Report: Special Report - A Shucking Disaster - Nightmare at the Mitchell Corn Palace

The drought threatens South Dakota's Corn Palace and its murals made of 12 different colors of corn.

 

A follow up to Colbert's Junk Food Feed Segment. This is a great segment on the American corn belt and the unique Corn Palace of Mitchell, South Dakota.


Questions to Ponder:

 

1) What's the impact of natural disasters on human activity?

2) How is this an example of human environment interaction?

3) How does this relate to local culture?

4) How does this relate to the theme of place?

5) What's your favorite corn pun mentioned? 

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Mega-Farms to Hit City Rooftops

Mega-Farms to Hit City Rooftops | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Plans for a rooftop farm are the largest in the world.

 

 

NYC has acres of unutilized agricultural real estate. What are the benefits of efforts such as these?

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