How many of us remember why monocropping can be a problem, and how it could impact our health, and the health of generations to come?
Reading: “Growing the same crop on a field year after year can cause crop yields to decline as the soil becomes depleted and insect populations become firmly established. Crop rotation, or growing different crops in different years, is one way to avoid these problems. However, discovering the most effective rotation of a number of different crops is difficult, because there are so many possible orders in which to grow them and testing any given crop rotation takes several years.”
This might take some math, huh? For example, what might a percentage increase in one year be for a bunch of bugs that have made themselves snuggly at home in a potato field, versus the percentage increase of those bugs if that potato field were planted with soy beans next year, do you think?
You might get some help on the mathematics for that in the lesson below…
Middle of week 13/18
|Day 48, Week 13|
|Grammar: Dangling modifiers|
|Math: Percent Increase|
|Where is monocropping still used today?|
|Day 48 Exit Ticket|
|Don’t forget to look up the history of some of your math topics, like Algebra…|
Action Items: What Would You Do??
1.) Search for two different sources explaining what monocropping is,
2.) Does either source discuss Terminator Seeds, and what point of view does each source prefer? Is there an obvious benefit that either source (or the authors or funders of the source article) has to gain from that point of view?
3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your findings, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.
4.) Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.
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