Food and Agriculture-

Content
Agriculture and the Culture of Eating
History of Agriculture
Subsidence Agriculture
Industrial Agriculture
Hunger and Obesity
Soil Science
Soil Types
Soil Degradation
Water Erosion
Wind Erosion
Pollution of Soil
Food Scarcity Solutions
Soil Conservation
Genetic Engineering
Sustainable Agriculture

Essential Questions
What are the ways to retard soil erosion in agriculture?
What are the methods of mechanical and chemical weathering?
How is soil formed?
What are the soil horizons in a soil profile?
What kinds of soil hold water?
What are the chemical components of the soil?
What components of the soil are important for growing healthy plants?
What kinds of soil hold the most water?

Skills
Be able to determine the slope of your field study area
Be able to point out examples of weathering in your ecosystem
Be able to test soil for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and pH.
Describe soil characteristics in terms of color, texture, and water holding capacity.

Assessments
Chapter quiz

Key Vocabulary
Aquaculture
Bedload
Biotechnology
Capillary action
Castings
Compost
Contour plowing
Crop rotation
Genetically Modified Organisms
Green revolution
Hydroponics
Humus
Infiltration
Industrial Revolution
Litter
Loam
Monoculture
No-till agriculture
Organic Food
Overcultivation
Parent Material
Percolation
Sand
Sediment
Slash-and-burn agriculture
Soil
Soil Horizons
Strip cropping
Subsistence farming
Subsoil
Sustainable agriculture
Terracing
Topsoil
Weathering

Labs
Soil Formation and Soil Horizons Field Trip Lab
Soil Salinization affects on Plant Growth Lab
Soil: The wealth beneath your feet

Lesson/Activities
Lettuce Test the Dirt
Dirt ball demonstration
Permeability demonstration
Research paper on American Meat Industry

Resources
Soil test kits
New Paltz HS woods
Slides: Agricultural practices
Video: Earth on the Edge