“Food. It’s something we all think about, talk about, and need. So how do we teach the geography of food?  In the presentation I’ll share some of my favorite resources for teaching the content as well as some pedagogical tips.  Many of these resources are found in an article on National Geographic’s website that I wrote on the topic on my personal site on a wide range of geographic issues, including food resources.

  • Tip#1: Don’t demonize agribusiness or romanticize the family farm. 
  • Tip #2: Use data and maps.  Here is a map in ArcGIS online on rural land use activities with a handy dandy instruction guide, ready to go (many more APHG GeoInquiries from ESRI set to be released soon). 
  • Tip #3: Connect them personally into the web of food systems and show how it impacts them. 
  • Tip #4: Let this be one of those units that connects to all the themes of the course, especially population, culture, political, and the environment.  

Tagsfoodeconomicfood production, agribusiness, agriculture.