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1.23: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

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    How will planet Earth feed 10 billion people with less land and energy by the year 2050? It will clearly require sustainable approaches for crop cultivation and with enhanced resilience to environmental changes as well as reduced carbon footprint to protect the environment.

    There is an opportunity to promote sustainability as well as high yield, accelerated growth and minimized losses to environmental stress conditions.

    \(\PageIndex{1}\). Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    • SLO 23.01: Apply the best practices for learning sustainable agriculture
    • SLO 23.02: Describe the linkage between soil and plant growth
    • SLO 23.03: Describe the characteristics of sustainability including environment, economic, and community
    • SLO 23.04: Describe how crop species relates to the economy
    • SLO 23.05: Identify given plant species with their scientific names based on their key features
    • SLO 23.06: Describe how crop species relates to the environment
    • SLO 23.07: Explain the differences between different crop production methods such as organic and conventionally grown

    \(\PageIndex{1}\). Big Picture


    \(\PageIndex{3}\). Test Your Knowledge

    • Assessment 1: TRUE or FALSE: USDA 100% organic certification criteria include not usage of synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, GMOs, and/ or hormones.
    • Assessment 2: TRUE or FALSE: In fruit / veggie labels: 9---- code indicates organic, 8---- code indicates GMO, and only four-digit (4---) code indicates conventionally grown.
    • Assessment 3: TRUE or FALSE: South Dakota grows the most sunflowers in the U.S. (5 Mil tones).
    • Assessment 4: TRUE or FALSE: One corn ear has an average of 800 seeds (kernels).
    • Assessment 5: TRUE or FALSE: Crayons are made of soybean oil.
    • Assessment 6: TRUE or FALSE: Florida is the top producer of orange, grapefruit, tomato, watermelon, cucumber, snap beans, squash, and sugar cane in the U.S.
    • Assessment 7: TRUE or FALSE: Pierson, Florida is known as the “Fern Capital of the World”
    • Assessment 8: TRUE or FALSE: Arabidopsis was the first plant (1982) and potato was the first food plant (1995) grown in outer space.
    • Assessment 9: TRUE or FALSE: California is the biggest peach producer.
    • Assessment 10: TRUE or FALSE: Georgia is the biggest peanut state and produces \(\sim 50 \%\) of the U.S. peanut production.

    \(\PageIndex{4}\). Can You Spot These Plants?


    \(\PageIndex{5}\). Check Your Answers

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