Investigation 2: What is industrial agriculture?

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This investigation focuses on the high-energy- and technology-using system of commercial agriculture in the developed, industrialized world. Students investigate industrial agriculture as a system of inputs and outputs, compare it to subsistence agriculture, examine its effects on human and physical landscapes, and consider how changes in technology are transforming the way it operates. A debate or forum about industrial agriculture enables students to argue its advantages and disadvantages and discuss the ability of agriculture to support future populations without degrading the environment.

9-12 Module 2 Investigation 2 in .pdf format

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