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View Resource Food Policy Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Established as a research unit of Rutgers University, the Food Policy Institute is interested in "supporting public and private decision makers who shape aspects of the food system within which government, agriculture, industry and the consumer interact." Interested parties can get the basic sense of what the Institute does on a regular basis by looking over the short introductory essay in the...

View Resource Food Crops and Shortages: Global Information and Early Warning System

The Economic and Social Department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has made three international food-related publications available. World Food Shortages is a bimonthly publication that concentrates on unfavorable crop prospects, food supply shortfalls, and local surpluses by country.

View Resource Soil Composition

Soil is essential for life on Earth. It is needed for food, air, clothing and so much more. Discussion topics include the terms 'soil', 'dirt', and 'sediment', factors affecting the formation of soils, soil horizons, and the twelve orders of soils. In a hands-on activity, students will collect soil samples from three different locations, use online resources to determine texture and particle...

View Resource Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

With all of the talk about the demise of the family farm, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to step in to create this campaign to inform citizens about their own local farmers. The basic idea behind this initiative is to "create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers." On their homepage, visitors can check out profiles of...

View Resource Calories Out vs. Food Cost

This lesson plan from ATEEC will help students make comparative judgements from data, interpret data generated, and identify, assimilate and integrate information from diverse sources. It would be appropriate for an introductory science course. The activity sheet includes a description of the lesson, in which students will survey foods at a supermarket to determine which give the most energy for...

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