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Federal Environmental Pesticides Control Act
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, & Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
Food Quality Protection Act
Soil Conservation Act
Taylor Grazing Act



Unit 6: Agriculture & Soil


Chapter 9 (pg. 232-261)
Chapter 10 (pg. 262-292)

Goals: Soil

  • Explain the importance of soils to agriculture, and describe the impacts of agriculture on soil
  • Delineate the fundamentals of soil science, including soil formation and soil properties (permeability, porosity, pH, charge)
  • Describe the major soil horizons and understand how they relate to one another
  • State the causes and predict the consequences of soil erosion and soil degradation
  • Recite the history and explain the principals of soil conservation
  • Explain the ways farmers prevent soil erosion & soil degradation (contour farming, terracing, inter-cropping, crop rotation, shelterbeds, and no-till farming)

Goals: Agriculture

  • Outline major historical developments in agriculture
  • Explain the challenge of feeding a growing human population
    • undernourished, over-nutrition, malnutrition
    • medical conditions resulting from malnutrition
  • Identify the goals, methods, and environmental impacts of the "green revolution"
  • Categorize the strategies of pest management
  • Assess the need for fertilizers and how these impact watersheds
  • Discuss the importance of pollination
  • Assess feedlot agriculture for livestock and poultry
  • Weigh approaches in aquaculture
  • Evaluate sustainable agriculture

Goals: A New World of Crops & Livestock

  • Describe the science behind genetically modified food
  • Evaluate the debate over genetically modified food
  • Ascertain approaches for preserving crop diversity
  • Explain the "green revolution"


  • Convert between various food stuffs and the energy/water/land required to produce it
  • Determine the quality of soil using the settling technique



Erosion Game
Nat Geo Haiti Erosion Article
Nat Geo Water Erosion
Erosion & Deposition of Meanders
Bill Nye on Erosion
Types of Erosion Control


Down on Dirt
Secret of Soil
Formation of Soil Interactive
Animated Soil Pyramid
Dust Bowl Footage
Black Blizzard Clip
Dust Bowl
Desertification Claymation


Botany of Desire: The Potato
Chipotle Ad: Back to the Beginning
Types of Erosion Control
Grocery Store Wars
History of Certain Plants
Biodiversity International
Global Crop Diversity
Heifer International
Heifer International Alton Brown Ad
How much water does it take to grow...
Dow and Monsanto Team Up


Integrated Pest Managment Example


Betting on Food Prices
Eating a Low Carbon Diet
The Meatrix I
The Meatrix II
The Circle of Responsibility
Black Gold Trailer
Got Mercury?
Choose My Plate
SeaFood Watch
Audubon's Society's Fish Advisory
Build Your Own Beef
100 Mile Diet
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Free Rice: Earn Rice for UNICEF
Nat Geo Food Diversity
Heirloom Wheat Arives at Seed Vault


Aquaculture: Build Your Own with Ikea
TED Ex Aquaponics


Global Distribution of GMOs
GMO Compass
Doomsday Seed Vault


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IPM Case Studies