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Sustainable Resources 12: Agriculture Open School BC
 
Module 1: An Introduction to Agriculture
 

Module 1: An Introduction to Agriculture

Section 1: Agriculture: Past and Present

Lesson A: Roots in the Past

How to make a historical timeline:
http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/timelines/

http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelArticles/create-a-timeline.html

http://elearningindustry.com/top-10-free-timeline-creation-tools-for-teachers

Agriculture timelines – example:
http://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/index.htm

 

Lesson B: Agriculture Today

General agriculture statistics
http://cansim2.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-win/cnsmcgi.pgm?Lang=E&SP_Action=Result&SP_TYP=50&SP_ID=920&SP_Mode=2&SP_Chunk=1,-25&SP_Sort=-0&SP_Mode=2

http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/StatisticsBySubject/BusinessIndustry/Agriculture.aspx

Agriculture statistics for specific communities
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/ca2011/index

http://www.al.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/sf/Publications.htm#agoverviews

 

Lesson C: The Agricultural Land Reserve

Battle heats up for future of B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Battle+heats+future+Agricultural+Land+Reserve/9173484/story.html

Agricultural Land Reserve changes could impact BC Cities
http://www.straight.com/news/615871/agricultural-land-reserve-changes-could-impact-bc-cities

Agricultural Land Reserve New Changes
http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/British+Columbia/ID/2445158523/

Agricultural Land Commission
http://www.alc.gov.bc.ca/

SmartGrowthBC
http://smartgrowth.bc.ca/AboutUs/Issues/AgriculturalLand/tabid/111/Default.aspx

Farmland Fight
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2399065088/ video (2:18)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqYiWYw_RAk video (:44)

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2399334494/ video (2:20)

 

Lesson D: Living on the Edge

Edge Planning
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/agricultural-land-and-environment/strengthening-farming/edge-planning

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/agriculture-and-seafood/agricultural-land-and-environment/strengthening-farming/800-series/823100-3_edge_guide_2015.pdf

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/farm-management/emergency-preparedness

Right to Farm Act
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/PubDocs/bcdocs/247328/Good_Neighbour.pdf

http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/sf/factsheets/factsh7.htm

http://www.al.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/sf/farmpp/index.htm (See Striking a Balance section)

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/agricultural-land-and-environment/strengthening-farming/farm-practices-protection

http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/sf/keylegisl.htm#FPPA_Act

http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20f%20--/farm%20practices%20protection%20right%20to%20farm%20act%20rsbc%201996%20c.%20131/00_96131_01.xml

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs/283960/factsheet4.pdf

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/PubDocs/bcdocs/283960/factsheet1.pdf

 

Section 2: Down to Earth

Lesson A: The "Dirt" on Soil

Soil Basics
http://www.soils4teachers.org/soil-basics

http://www.kidsgeo.com/geology-for-kids/0002-the-earths-soil.php

Soil Texture
http://mea.com.au/soil-plants-climate/soil-moisture-monitoring/learning-centre/what-is-soil-texture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knrmCbctGEA video (2:21)

Soil Structure
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/IPM/english/soil-diagnostics/soil-structure.html

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-soil-structure.htm

 

Lesson B: Soil Erosion and Compaction

Soil erosion and compaction
http://soilerosion.net/doc/what_is_erosion.html

http://soilerosion.net/

http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/soil200/soil_mgmt/soil_erosion.htm

Soil erosion experiments
http://www.jaconline.com.au/atlasofdiscovery/downloads/worksheets/ws13-soil-erosion.pdf

http://www.lapappadolce.net/science-experiment-on-soil-erosion/?lang=en

http://lifeisagarden.co.za/articles/soil-erosion-experiment#.VPDUNymfZUE

 

Lesson C: Fertilizers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertilizer

http://home.howstuffworks.com/question181.htm

http://gardenline.usask.ca/misc/fertili2.html

http://www.organicgardeningguru.com/fertilizers.html

 

Lesson D: Manure: The Problem is Piling Up

http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1187368724250&lang=eng

http://www.ecochem.com/t_manure_fert.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manure

http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/irr5716

 

Section 3: Other Problems and Solutions

Lesson A: Pesticides

http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/pesticides/

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/index-eng.php

http://www.croplife.ca/urban-pesticides

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide

http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/node/2157

 

Lesson B: Integrated Pest Management

http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/pesticides/a_6.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_pest_management

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/ipm.htm

http://www.fao.org/agriculture/crops/core-themes/theme/pests/ipm/en/

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/insects/ipm.html

 

Lesson C: Agriculture and Climate Change

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_and_agriculture

http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/cl3008

 

Lesson D: Biotechnology: Blessing or Curse?

Examples of GMOs (for Activity 1 in the lesson)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food

Genetically Modified Foods
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/food/understanding-gmo/

http://www.greenfacts.org/en/gmo/index.htm

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/genetically-modified-foods-the-facts-and-debates-1.1031789

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/core-truths-10-common-gmo-claims-debunked

http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Food-technology/Biotechnology/Novel-foods/Understanding-Genetically-Modified-Foods.aspx#.VPD5KymfZUF

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/SG/AboutGMOs/index.cfm

Monsanto vs. Schmeiser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ii9ARL4EGg

https://thegranddisillusion.wordpress.com/monsanto-vs-farmer/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto_Canada_Inc._v._Schmeiser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbAhdcfTuaA&feature=related

http://agpolicy.org/weekpdf/202.pdf

Golden Rice
Golden Rice is a genetically modified form of rice. It has been fortified with Vitamin A in an effort to help combat blindness in many parts of the Third World.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_rice

http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/GEessays/goldenricehoax.html

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/agriculture/problem/genetic-engineering/Greenpeace-and-Golden-Rice/ video (18:22)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/07/173611461/in-a-grain-of-golden-rice-a-world-of-controversy-over-gmo-foods

 

Lesson E: Irrigation

http://agricultural-calculator.irrigationbc.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irrigation

 

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