According to New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation, agricultural resources means the land and on-farm buildings, equipment, manure processing and handling facilities and processing and handling facilities which contribute to the production, preparation and marketing of crops, livestock and livestock products as a commercial enterprise. Wikipedia defines agriculture as the cultivation of land and breeding of animals and plants to provide food, fiber, medicinal plants and other products to sustain and enhance life. This topic explores the importance of agriculture and its intersection with the study of Earth science
Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
- Day 2 Instructor Presentation
- Day 2 Student Handout
- Day 2 Rubric
- Read Earth 27 – Agriculture
- Read Earth 27 – Loss of Agricultural Resources
- Read Earth 27 – Agriculture in South Africa
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material
9:21 Soil and Soil Dynamics
3:32 Agriculture and Natural Resources
11:10 The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History
Compare Contrast and Debate
Background: Modern farming practices have allowed for significant diversification in life-style and life-choice. For example, most residents of major modern cities do not need to concern themselves with the production of food and often do not significantly consider from where (or, in what way) the food they consume has been produced. Some city-residents may grow ornamental plants, have pets, or even grow a small vegetable garden – but, many do none of these things. Knowledge workers, in-particular, are able to earn a wage through commuting to-from a job location while consuming energy and water from foods and drink without a second-thought of the origin of fuel or food.
- Position A: City dwellers should be required to work on a farm a few days per year for a better understanding of food-value.
- Position B: Not only would this idea be impractical, but it is not needed. City dwellers shouldn’t have to be concerned about resource origination.
Resources Documents and Links
- Activity 38 Science and Agriculture
Special Notes and Notices
- Science & Engineering Practice: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information.
- Cross-Cutting Concept: Energy and Matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation.