AgroWorld - February | March 2018
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AgroWorld - February | March 2018
Welcome to AgroWorld! This bimonthly E-zine has been developed for the secondary educator and their students. Each issue features current events, classroom resources, activities, and grant opportunities that enhance standards based on science, applied technology, and social studies curricula. News you can use in your classroom today! For more information or to check out your state's resources, visit us on the web at www.agclassroom.org
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Will the Last Farmer in America Please Turn Out the Light?

"As I’ve crisscrossed the U.S. filming “How Does it Grow?”, I’ve thought a lot about the role of the hardworking, talented farm workers I’ve met along the way. Most of them are immigrants whose blood, sweat, and tears bring us our food. But their lives impact what we eat way more than we even realize. We’ve got a food crisis in America — and it’s hiding in plain sight."

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Labor is a complex problem for farmers. What are some possible solutions?

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WSJ Podcast: The Price of Climate

WSJ Podcast: The Price of Climate | AgroWorld - February | March 2018 | Scoop.it

Listen to the Wall Street Journal: Future of Everyting three-part audio series on the price of climate.

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These podcasts will cause students to critically think about the implications of climate change related to their food, clothing, and shelter.

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This High-Tech Farmer Grows Kale in a Factory

"In the kale-filled facility at vertical farm startup Bowery Farming, it’s a piece of proprietary software that makes most of the critical decisions -- like when to harvest and how much to water each plant. But it still takes humans to carry out many tasks around the farm."

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This video outlines an emerging area in agriculture, vertical farming, and "growing" career opportunities. What concerns do you have about the efficiency and sustainability of this type of farming?

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Are consumers ready to embrace—and eat—lab-grown meat?

Are consumers ready to embrace—and eat—lab-grown meat? | AgroWorld - February | March 2018 | Scoop.it
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Public attitudes about cultured meat are all over the place. What do you think about lab grown meat? Do you have a good idea for a name?

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Study: People Opposed To GMOs Don’t Know As Much About Science As They Think

Study: People Opposed To GMOs Don’t Know As Much About Science As They Think | AgroWorld - February | March 2018 | Scoop.it

People who most intensely oppose genetically modified food think they know a lot about food science, but actually know the least, according to a peer-reviewed journal article."

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How CRISPR Lets You Edit DNA

TEDEd provides additional resources to dig deeper and discuss CRISPR in your classroom.

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AgroWorld has featured several CRISPR videos. The animation in this video really explains the science. What concerns do you have about the CRISPR technology? Are there more pros than cons?

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Insect Herbivores and Plants

Insect Herbivores and Plants | AgroWorld - February | March 2018 | Scoop.it

This site takes a close look at the herbivorous insects, the plants they eat, the methods and tools for controlling insects, how these insects adapt to overcome pesticides, and plant defenses.

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This site includes a cool gallery of videos observing insects in the field and a field guide for identification.

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Fighting weeds: Can we reduce, or even eliminate, herbicides by utilizing robotics and AI?

Fighting weeds: Can we reduce, or even eliminate, herbicides by utilizing robotics and AI? | AgroWorld - February | March 2018 | Scoop.it
A quick look at some of the technical strategies being pursued in farming robotics and AI.
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Which of these robots do you think you'll see in the future?

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The Farming Robots of Tomorrow Are Here Today

Robot farming machines are already doing the dirty work in more fields than people may realize!

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Evolution of Corn

Evolution of Corn | AgroWorld - February | March 2018 | Scoop.it

"Through the study of genetics, we know today that corn's wild ancestor is a grass called teosinte. Teosinte doesn't look much like maize, especially when you compare its kernals to those of corn. But at the DNA level, the two are surprisingly alike."

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How did we get the familiar large yellow ear of corn today? After looking at these resources do you think genetically modified food is a recent phenomenon?

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