1) KEY WORDS
Look for the meaning of:
CROPS, CATTLE, SOIL, FARMER, YIELD, HERD, SEEDS, INPUT/OUTPUT
2) THE IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE.
Read this text and make a framework with the main ideas:
“ Agriculture is important for a number of reasons: - Agriculture provides employment. About 45% of the world’s workforce was employed in farming in the mid-1990s; Although the economic importance of agriculture is declining, as measured by contribution to GNP, it is still of considerable significance in many countries. In India it accounts for 30% of GNP, Ethiopia 51%, Ghana 45%, and Tanzania 56%. - Food production continues to rise and yields per hectare have increased. - Trade in agricultural products has increased. - Farmland accounts for about 36% of global land use. About 10% of the world is used for arable agriculture, 26% for permanent pasture, 30% forest, and the rest urban and waste land. - Agriculture provides the basis of many manufacturing and service industries such as food processing, agricultural equipment, agricultural inputs (seeds, fertiliser, etc.) and a variety of services including finance, veterinary, marketing, and transport.”
GARRET NAGLE (2000), Advanced Geography,
3) CLASSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURE
Join words and definitions
-->4) FARMING TYPES
Join The farming types with the photographs:
1-SHIFTING CULTIVATION,2- WET RICE FARMING
3-MARKET GARDENING,4- EXTENSIVE COMMERCIAL FARMING
5-PLANTATION AGRICULTURE, 6-DRY AND EXTENSIVE AGRICULTURE
7-MODERN MEDITERRANEAN AGRICULTURE
5- Create a power point presentation with these images. Accompany each photo with the characteristics of each farming type, explaining the types of crops that are showing in the photo and the area of the world where we can find them.
6) Find out what are: CAP, BSE, GM FOODS and GREEN REVOLUTION, write a few lines about each topic.
7) Watch this video:
"The Store Wars". Organic food versus Chemicals and GMOs.
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