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Seeds of suicide and slavery versus seeds of life and freedom

Seeds of suicide and slavery versus seeds of life and freedom | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Contrary to its claims, Monsanto's monopoly on seeds in India are the root cause behind the sharp increase in suicides.
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Check out this Op-Ed written by Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of India's leading critics of the Monsanto corporation.

As you read think about the implications of privatized industrial agriculture, (i.e. patenting seeds as intellectual property for mass production and sale).

What are the implications of this system for Monsanto? For India?
 

Why does Dr. Shiva contend that Monsanto seeds are the seeds of suicide and slavery rather than of life and freedom?


More from Dr. Shiva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfKi47Vfriw 

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NPR-Radiolab: The Bad Show (Fritz Haber)

NPR-Radiolab: The Bad Show (Fritz Haber) | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).

It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military technology). 


 

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From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).

It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military Chemical Warfare). 

 Here's a link to a relevant BBC article on Haber:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-13015210 

 

Here's a link to an article on America's Guano Islands Act (1856), it illustrates the point of just how "bat poop crazy" the world was becoming with regard to nitrogen demands:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/07/08/by-kevin-underhill-the-guano-islands-act/ ;

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The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1 - YouTube

Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! Visit http://dft.ba/-CCWHDVD to buy a set for your home or classroom. You can directly support Crash Cour...
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Here's a crash course video that overviews how human society may have progressed from Hunter-Gatherer societies to Sedentary Farmers. It also introduces a concise discussion of pros and cons of agriculture.

Also 99 cent double cheeseburgers are disgusting... 

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Rise and Shine-What kids eat for breakfast around the world.

Rise and Shine-What kids eat for breakfast around the world. | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
What do kids around the world eat for breakfast? It’s as likely to be coffee or kimchi as it is a sugary cereal.
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Really great photos that show what's on the breakfast table in a few different cities.

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Watch Australians Taste Test American Junk Food

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These Aussies are pretty sure that U.S. candy bars are as unhealthy as they are delicious.
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Differing cultural attitudes towards food and food quality.

Honestly, do people REALLY need to eat Twinkies? 

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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

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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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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

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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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Tips for a Better Debate | Debate.org

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Use this resource for planning out your debate. It's important to know   that there is a difference between being disagreeable and debating.

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What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World

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It seems as a people, we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry's series of riders, to looking on instagram we cant help but document what we consume. Photographer Peter Menzel ...
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Look through the album.

What similarities and differences do you notice?
Are there any regional patterns?

Compare your groceries to what you see. Which country is the most similar to your house? Which is the most different? Explain. 

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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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Born in the USA, Made in France

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Born in the USA, Made in France: How McDonald's Succeeds in the Land of Michelin Stars by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.

 

While many portray McDonald's as the embodiment of all that is wrong with globalization, the diffusion of McDonald's is not a simple replication of the American fast food chain and exporting it elsewhere...a lot of local adaptations on a global model is part of McDonald's successful economic model.   Although I'm not a fan of the word "glocalization" to describe how local flavor adds spice to globalized phenomenon, it most certainly fits here.   


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Amy in ATL's curator insight, February 16, 8:04 PM

This is a quick and easy way to understand the difference between glocalization and globalization using the basic needs...FOOD!

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

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Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.
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Coke is making milk? Wow that's a scary thought.

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▶ Coal, Steam, and The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History #32 - YouTube

John Green teaches you the history of the world in 42 episodes!
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Your every waking second? INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

This video will provide a concise overview of the industrial revolution and how the mechanization of the world overhauls they way that human society lives and thus leads to A MAJOR CHANGE IN OUR AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES, TRADE, AND FOOD SYSTEMS!

Start with this thought:
Before the IR 80% of the world's population was engaged in farming to feed the world, TODAY in the US less than 1% claim farming as their occupation.

Without the IR, we would never have had THE GREEN REVOLUTION! 

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See What Happens To Millions Of Pounds Of Las Vegas Buffet Leftovers

See What Happens To Millions Of Pounds Of Las Vegas Buffet Leftovers | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Watch the complete episode clip >
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The business insider deems this practice to be "putting an innovative spin on food recycling."

Would you agree with that? Is feeding food waste from all you can eat Las Vegas casino buffets to local pigs the sustainable answer?

There's a definitive connection between the buffet consumers, their food waste and the pigs who eat this waste. Here's a couple of thoughts:

1) How are the buffet diners and pigs similar?
2) What exactly are the pigs eating? Are there any moral or health implications?
3) Could these pigs return to the buffet as a main course? Why not?


Here's a youtube link to the full episode from Bizarre Foods America, it covers the whole behind the scenes story to food and culinary arts in Las Vegas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_DizQZdQkw


Here's a link to a short documentary film that has been made about this subject, Buffet: All You Can Eat Las Vegas. WATCH THE TRAILER!

http://www.buffetmovie.com 

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PepsiCo Figures Tropicana’s Carbon Footprint - NYTimes.com

PepsiCo Figures Tropicana’s Carbon Footprint - NYTimes.com | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
PepsiCo calculated that the equivalent of 3.75 pounds of carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere for each half-gallon carton of orange juice.
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PepsiCo (which owns Tropicana Orange Juice) measures the amount of carbon emissions it takes to create a half-gallon of orange juice.

Check out this article! 

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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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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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Protein: Moving Closer to Center Stage

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Table of Contents Introduction All Protein Isn't Alike The Protein Package Protein and Chronic Disease Protein and Weight Control Straight Talk about Soy The Bottom Line: Recommendations for Protei...
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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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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

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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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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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Strange McDonald's Menu Items Around the World

At Travora, we love to travel, and our blog features the latest in travel news, hotel and restaurant reviews, videos and some of the best travel photography on the net.

 

 

A pretty extensive collection of stimulus diffusion items at McDonald's. This was found by one of my students.

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Jewish And Mexican Cooking Meet In 'Challa-peño'

Alex Schmidt's grandparents say that the best Jewish food they've ever eaten came from Mexico. They remember a legendary husband-and-wife catering team who made downtown Mexico City feel like the shtetls of Eastern Europe.

 

Cultural processes, such as diffusion syncretism, are evident in this extraordinary podcast.  Ethnic neighborhoods, nostalgia for traditions, folk and popular cultures interacting, globalization and migration are all themes that could make this an interesting podcast to have students listen to it and analyze the geographic content embedded within it. 


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elsa hunziker's comment, January 30, 2012 2:36 PM
Sounds delicious!!!!