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Agricultural and Food Controversies by
Call Number: BJ52.5 .N67 2014
Publication Date: 2014-12-05
The public is more interested in agricultural and food issues than ever before, as is evident in the many agricultural controversies debated in the media. Why is it that some people embrace new agricultural technologies while others steadfastly defend traditional farming methods? Why do some prefer to buy food grown around the world while others patronize small, local farmers? In the debates about organic food, genetically modified organisms, and farm animal welfare, it is not always clear what the scientific literature actually says. To understand these controversies, the authors encourage readers to develop first an appreciation for why two equally intelligent and well-intentioned people can form radically different notions about food. Sometimes the disputes are scientific in nature, and sometimes they arise from conflicting ethical views. This book confronts the most controversial issues in agriculture by first explaining the principles of both sides of the debate, and then guiding readers through the scientific literature so that they may form their own educated opinions.
The Citrus Industry in the Sunshine State by
Call Number: HD9259.C53 W43 1999 Florida
Publication Date: 1999-11-17
From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication, and many of the postcards produced during this "golden age" can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and assembling crowds of local children only too happy to pose for a picture. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores across the country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history.
Agricultural Subsidies by
Call Number: HD1415.A3223 2010
Publication Date: 2009-09-04
Agriculture and related industries contributed 992 billion dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2015. That seems like big business numbers, but America's farmers are in trouble, with many farmers stating that they need subsidies to survive. This compelling collection of essays simplifies the complicated controversies of agricultural subsidies for readers. Essays are arranged in a pro versus con format, so readers benefit from more than on intelligent viewpoint. Being able to compare divergent views in one source allows for quick activation of critical thinking skills. Across four chapters, readers will evaluate why agricultural subsidies exist, why there are concerns, whether subsidies should be eliminated, and what some alternatives might be.
Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability by
Call Number: TP248.65.F66M3 2012
Publication Date: 2013-05-23
This book points out the surrounding issues of genetically modified fruit and vegetables that consumers are unaware of. While several parties defend the use of technology to create food, there seems to be little being done to increase awareness about this matter to the end consumer.
Organic Production and Food Quality by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
The internet is rife with biased and unsubstantiated claims from the organic industry, and the treatment of issues such as food safety and quality by the media ("if it bleeds, it leads") tends to have a negative impact on consumer perceptions about conventional food. Until recently, more and more consumers in many countries were opting to buy organic food over conventional food, resulting in a radical shift in food retailing. This was due to concerns over chemical residues, food poisoning resulting in recalls, food scares such as "mad-cow" disease, issues like gene-modified (GM foods), antibiotics, hormones, cloning and concerns over the way plants and animals are being grown commercially as food sources. As a result there has been an expansion of the organic industry and the supply of organic foods at farmers' markets, supermarkets and specialty stores. Organic Production and Food Quality: A Down to Earth Analysis is the first comprehensive book on how organic production methods influence the safety and quality of foods, based on an unbiased assessment of the latest scientific findings. The title is a 'must-have' for everyone working within the food industry. Comprehensive explanation of organic production methods and effects on the safety and quality of foods Authoritative, unbiased and up-to-date examination of relevant global scientific research Answers the questions of whether organic food is more nutritious and/or more healthy
Agriculture is an international and cross-disciplinary scholarly and scientific open access journal on the science of cultivating the soil, growing, harvesting crops, and raising livestock. We will aim to look at production, processing, marketing and use of foods, fibers, plants and animals. It is an international, scientific open access journal published monthly online by MDPI. Content is peer-reviewed.
Agriculture (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge. Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry — from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.
Applied Science and Technology Source This link opens in a new window
Contains trade and industrial publications, journals issued by professional and technical societies, and specialized subject periodicals, as well as special issues such as buyers' guides, directories, and conference proceedings.
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Covers garden, landscape, and horticulture topics with full text, citations, and indexing.
TEDTalks: Pamela Ronald—The case for engineering our food
Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to isolate a gene that allows rice to survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1990s — and makes the case that modern genetics is sometimes the most effective method to advance sustainable agriculture and enhance food security for our planet’s growing population. (18 minutes)
Industrial and Sustainable Farming
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the agricultural industry today is feeding the world’s rapidly growing population while also caring for the environment. At the center of the challenge is the tension between sustainable and more mainstream industrial farming practices. This video looks at ecological problems caused by farming which relies on pesticides, hormones, and heavy mechanization. The program also assesses the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable alternatives. Interviews with a vegetable farmer, an organic winemaker, and an environmental scientist explore issues at the core of agribusiness while touching on innovative ideas and ongoing technological changes in farming practices around the world. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. (21 minutes)
Because Food Matters Series
Whether it’s a fast-food burger or a salad of organically grown vegetables, the choices that go into making a meal have potentially global implications. This three-part series explores socially charged food topics and familiarizes students with important debates that are going on in the world of food production. Case studies, dynamic images and footage, and interviews with agricultural experts will help viewers sort through these extremely challenging issues. Viewable/printable instructor’s guides are available online. 3-part series, 24-26 minutes each.