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Quiz: Can you name a food just by looking at where it comes from?

Quiz: Can you name a food just by looking at where it comes from? | Spices | Scoop.it
I map the food, you tell me what it is.

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We ought to know something about where our food comes from...

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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, February 11, 2015 8:44 PM

Another great tool to use when teaching kids where our food comes from.  I love quizzes like these!

Eden Eaves's curator insight, March 24, 2015 1:04 AM

Unit 5

Some  of these maps are easy to guess, such as cotton being grown in the south, but what about others like pigs being raised in the mid-west and North Carolina??? We are so used to having only to make a quick stop at the nearest grocery store to grab our weekly essentials that we don't always think about where it naturally comes from. Also preservatives have come so far as to keep things fresh for long periods of time that where it originates is not a problem because it can be shipped in a refrigerated truck with still time left for it to sit in your fridge for a few days. 

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:34 PM

This 12 question quiz is a great way to introduce students to spatial patterns of agricultural products in the United States.  Sometimes just knowing regional stereotypes can be helpful, but being able to make an educated guess about where an agricultural product is comes from requires a basic understanding of economic and climate patterns.  This quiz is a good way to test that knowledge and introduce them to these spatial patterns.    

 

Tags: triviaspatial, regions, foodeconomic, food production, agriculture.

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Solar Energy Storage About To Take Off In Germany and California

Solar Energy Storage About To Take Off In Germany and California | Spices | Scoop.it
Visitors to last week’s Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco could not help but notice the presence of a benign invader: energy storage vendors.
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The Liberal-Conservative Non-Divide on Home Energy Efficiency? : Greentech Media

The Liberal-Conservative Non-Divide on Home Energy Efficiency? : Greentech Media | Spices | Scoop.it
Opower says Republicans and Democrats seem equally willing to save energy—when asked the right way.
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OPower has data showing that energy conservation does bridge the political divide.  Perhaps other important issues can reap the benefits of this econo-behavioral insight...

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Google Pushes Into Emerging Markets

Google Pushes Into Emerging Markets | Spices | Scoop.it
Google is deep into a multipronged effort to fund, build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, a move that could connect a billion or more new people to the Internet.
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U.S. Energy Policy Should Take a Lesson From Germany’s Energiewende

U.S. Energy Policy Should Take a Lesson From Germany’s Energiewende | Spices | Scoop.it
“Energiewende” may not be a household word in the United States today, but U.S. citizens and policymakers are likely to hear more about it.
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Germany has consistently lead the charge in national energy policy.  Good policy like this makes good political sense, and is already leading to improved environmental and economic stability.

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Back To The Future: The 1970 Los Angeles 'Centers' Concept Plan | Planetizen

Back To The Future: The 1970 Los Angeles 'Centers' Concept Plan | Planetizen | Spices | Scoop.it
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A master regional planning vision was established long ago for Los Angeles, but then everyone seemed to just go blind...

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Gap Year Programs with Purpose - Thinking Beyond Borders

Gap Year Programs with Purpose - Thinking Beyond Borders | Spices | Scoop.it
TBB's gap year programs go beyond just travel and service. Our students find direction, skills, and community for college and to change the world.
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Just want to get the word out - my good friend Robin runs Thinking Beyond Borders - a fantastic and highly effective Gap year education program for students between high school and college.  Check them out, and pass the word if you know someone interested in learning abroad!

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Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Effective Marketing for Solar : Greentech Media

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Effective Marketing for Solar : Greentech Media | Spices | Scoop.it
“Southwest isn’t an airline; it’s a service business. That’s how we have to think about solar.”—Danny Kennedy of Sungevity
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The End of Paying For Electricity By the Kilowatt-Hour : Greentech Media

The End of Paying For Electricity By the Kilowatt-Hour : Greentech Media | Spices | Scoop.it
Changes to utility rate designs are afoot in the U.S. and Europe.
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Finally, utlities are starting to consider how they will deal with the increased market penetration of distributed generation. 

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A tipping point in evolution of capitalism?

A tipping point in evolution of capitalism? | Spices | Scoop.it
Is Delaware a tipping point in the evolution of capitalism? (RT @volansjohn: Great news from Delaware on #BenefitCorporation/#BCorp front.
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Germany to provide $ 1.3 bn for renewable energy in India - The Economic Times

Germany to provide $ 1.3 bn for renewable energy in India - The Economic Times | Spices | Scoop.it
Germany will support building up of renewable energy in India by providing soft loans of up to 1 billion euros ($ 1.3 billion) for a six-year period.
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International cooperation on a scale that we should be seeing more and more of.
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The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems | Spices | Scoop.it
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True challenge provides true inspiration.
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Clean Energy By and For the People: How Citizens Can Build the Renewable Economy | Environment on GOOD

Clean Energy By and For the People: How Citizens Can Build the Renewable Economy  | Environment on GOOD | Spices | Scoop.it
How do we get to 100 percent clean energy? I believe the fastest way is to allow more people to participate in building the clean energy economy.
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A feel good piece about the future of renewables. What is still not clear is just exactly how to accelerate the 'democratization' process.
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Why a Security Firm Thinks It Can Beat Google and Microsoft at Home Energy Management : Greentech Media

Why a Security Firm Thinks It Can Beat Google and Microsoft at Home Energy Management : Greentech Media | Spices | Scoop.it
Okay, so Google and Microsoft left the market. But Vivint thinks it can succeed where others failed.
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Fascinating.  Innovation sometimes does come from the status-quo cohort, rather than a tech upstart.  Hope to hear more about this soon.

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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | Spices | Scoop.it
In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.

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Esta Lessing, CBAP®'s curator insight, January 8, 2014 2:55 PM

Some great words of wisdom for your career goals and approach to your every day worklife as a Business Analysts. Well worth a read...

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Palo Alto Goes Solar, 80 Megawatts at 6.9 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour : Greentech Media

Palo Alto Goes Solar, 80 Megawatts at 6.9 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour : Greentech Media | Spices | Scoop.it
Some of the cheapest solar in the land in the heart of Silicon Valley
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This is encouraging.  Hopefully other CA municipalities will take heart and push this direction as well...

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Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation | TechCrunch

Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation | TechCrunch | Spices | Scoop.it

Serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? - this is a great first-thought way to capture the concept and put it into action.

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GE Adds Energy Storage to Its Brilliant Wind Turbine : Greentech Media

GE Adds Energy Storage to Its Brilliant Wind Turbine : Greentech Media | Spices | Scoop.it
With GE’s software, stored wind can increase three revenue streams.
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This is awesome, and an obvious way to step forward and beyond the objection of arguments against renewables due to their "non-reliable" intermittency. 

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L.A.'s New Light Rail Line Reports Strong Ridership, Without Cannibalizing Other Transit | Planetizen

L.A.'s New Light Rail Line Reports Strong Ridership, Without Cannibalizing Other Transit | Planetizen | Spices | Scoop.it
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Was Efficiency Responsible for 75% of CO2 Reductions in 2012? : Greentech Media

Was Efficiency Responsible for 75% of CO2 Reductions in 2012? : Greentech Media | Spices | Scoop.it
Natural gas is touted as the driving force behind America’s declining emissions. But a new study concludes that efficiency is the primary reason.
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Energy efficiency is far more 'efficient' at reducing CO2 output, by virtue of the fact that less energy is being used!  This is certainly good news, even if it's a little bit self-evident!

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New Study Links Popular Herbicide To Fatal Diseases

New Study Links Popular Herbicide To Fatal Diseases | Spices | Scoop.it
April 25 (Reuters) - Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.
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Not a huge surprise here...

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The New Alphabet of Renewable Energy Investing: MLPs and REITs - Forbes

The New Alphabet of Renewable Energy Investing: MLPs and REITs - Forbes | Spices | Scoop.it
Institutional investors manage more than $70 trillion in assets globally. But when it comes to renewable energy, a large portion of that capital is sitting on the sidelines.
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Remove barriers to additional investment! Especially since clean energy projects provide exactly the kind of stable, consistent returns that long-term investors love.

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MIT Create Solar Cells that Beat the Shockley-Queisser Efficiency Limit

MIT Create Solar Cells that Beat the Shockley-Queisser Efficiency Limit | Spices | Scoop.it
MIT researchers have found a way to vastly increase the efficiency of solar cells, breaking The Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit which asserts that the ultimate solar cell conversion efficiency can (RT @azureblade7: MIT Create Solar Cells that Beat...
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How NASA might build its very first warp drive

How NASA might build its very first warp drive | Spices | Scoop.it
A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive.
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Amazing! Hope this bears fruit...
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Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S. utilities

Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S. utilities | Spices | Scoop.it
Rooftop solar panels and other distributed-energy tools will radically shake up the power sector, according to an unusually frank report from a utility trade group.
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This article makes a clear case for why the standard energy utility model is facing a major paradigm shift.
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