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Sustainable Agriculture - Chapter Summary
In this sustainable agriculture chapter, you'll review topics such as the types of irrigation, global food imbalance, and agriculture in our modernized world. These informative lessons also cover habitat degradation, gene banks, and farming and gardening in the most-developed countries. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:
- Discuss how problems with industrial agriculture impact food production
- Share the benefits of sustainable agriculture
- Identify issues surrounding the Green Revolution
- List alternative pest control methods used in agriculture
- Discuss the benefits and risks of GMOs
- Provide examples of natural fertilizers
- Explain the effects of tillage in agriculture
- Recall how agriculture can be used to aid developing countries
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1. Problems in Agriculture: Loss of Land and Decreased Varieties
Although we all currently rely on industrial agriculture to produce the majority of the food we eat, this type of agriculture is facing problems that may threaten its future. In this lesson, we will explore these problems and how they influence the future of food production.
2. Land Degradation and Habitat Fragmentation: The Environmental Impacts of Industrialized Agriculture
Although we all need food to survive, the methods we use to produce that food can be problematic. In this lesson, we will explore how industrialized agriculture negatively impacts the environment and, as a result, makes the land less productive in producing crops and livestock.
3. What Is Sustainable Agriculture? - Definition, Benefits and Issues
The word 'sustainable' has become very popular these days and is used to describe many different things. In this lesson we will explore how sustainability is associated with agriculture and the benefits and issues of this type of farming.
4. What Is the Green Revolution? - Definition, Benefits, and Issues
Over the years many significant agricultural changes have occurred in order to supply enough food for the growing human population. In this lesson, we will explore the Green Revolution and investigate the benefits and issues associated with this period.
5. Alternative Pest Control Methods for Agricultural Use
There is a move to reduce the use of pesticides in favor of more environmentally friendly methods of pest control. In this lesson, we'll explore alternative pest control methods, including how they work and the benefits and issues associated with each method.
6. GMOs: Growing Herbicide-Resistant Crops
Crops resistant to herbicides have revolutionized farming. In this lesson, learn how these crops were created and some of the benefits and risks of using them.
7. Definition & Types of Irrigation
This lesson explores irrigation, a crucial technique for farming. Our food sources, and ultimately our daily lives, depend on irrigation. Complete this lesson to learn more about this important technology.
8. What Are Natural Fertilizers? - Examples & Overview
In this lesson you will learn about natural fertilizers and how they can stimulate plant growth when added to soil. Examples are given to aid your understanding. At the end, take a quiz to test your knowledge.
9. Farming, Ranching & Gardening in Most-Developed Countries
This lesson will seek to explain agriculture in the modernized world. In doing so, it will highlight most-developed countries as well as intensive agriculture, gardening, and ranching.
10. Gene Banks: Definition & Role in Conservation
In this lesson, you'll learn how important gene banks are to conservation as well as to diversity of plant life. Also learn how these gene banks are used to develop new crop strains that are better suited to climate change.
11. Global Food Imbalance & Security
In this lesson we'll be learning about the problem of food imbalance in developed versus developing countries. We'll explain how food mountains are affecting this problem as well as food scarcity and distributional inequality.
12. Using Agriculture to Aid Developing Countries
In this lesson, we explore the recent push by international organizations for developing countries to open up their agricultural sectors to global markets. Proponents and critics of the program abound.
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