According to U.S. News on August 4, 2014,
Toledo, Ohio, just spent three days without water. It’s unlikely anyone in the town noticed. Five hundred thousand people couldn’t drink the water because an algae bloom in Lake Erie produced a toxin called microcystin. The toxin is so poisonous that that you couldn’t use Toledo’s water to bush your teeth or take a bath and it would kill your pit bull if you put it in his dish. You couldn’t boil the water because that would increase the concentration of the toxin. Exposure to microcystin results in abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness, and dizziness.
Discuss how the cause algae bloom and how it is related to industrial agriculture practices.
Experts say 60% to 70% of processed foods on U.S. grocery shelves have genetically modified ingredients. The most common genetically modified foods are soybeans, maize, cotton, and grapeseed oil. That means many foods made in the U.S. containing field corn or high-fructose corn syrup, such as many breakfast cereals, snack foods, and the last soda you drank; foods made with soybeans (including some baby foods); and foods made with cottonseed and canola oils could likely have genetically modified ingredients. These ingredients appear frequently in animal feed as well.
Yet, the genetically modified foods are banned in EU and more than a dozen countries around the world have latched on to the technology, including Argentina, Canada, China, Australia, India, and Mexico.
Discuss the pros and cons of the consumption of genetically modifies food.
One issue related to the industrial agriculture is the use of chemicals to control pest. In “Silent Spring”, Carson has discussed extensively the chemicals and their toxicity. Summarized what you have learned on the subject from reading the book, “Silent Spring”.
One issue related to Green revolution is the water crisis. Consult with Glennon’s book, “Unquenchable” and discuss the water crisis in America.
Elaborate on the health issues relating to the consumption of farm animals discussed in the class.
Elaborate on the process and impacts of green revolution (page 90).
According to textbook (page 87), soil helps purify water and control climate. Elaborate on this statement.
Elaborate on the quote, “People are fed by the food industry who pays no attention to health and are treated by the health industry who pays no attention to food.”
Describe the farmer’s market in your community. Describe your opinion about the farmer market.