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Teaching the Food System

A Project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future



History of Food

Lesson Summary

The food system has experienced more changes in the past century than it had over the previous 10,000 years. Students will follow the transition from pre-agricultural societies to the prevailing industrial food system. They will create timelines and graphs depicting long-term trends.


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smoke stacks at an industrial complex