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Teaching the Food System

A Project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future



Agriculture and Ecosystems

Lesson summary

Students will trace the ingredients of a meal back to their origins in the soil, reflecting on the connections between food, agriculture and ecosystems. They will assess some of the challenges facing agriculture and devise plans to address them. Organic and sustainable approaches to agriculture will also be discussed.


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rows of plants on a farm