Farming Vegetables and Grains

Farming Vegetables and Grains

by Michael Burgan
     
 

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This title looks at the history of farming vegetables and grains and how those farming models have changed, as well as the ethics (environmental and human) involved in the big business of agriculture.

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This title looks at the history of farming vegetables and grains and how those farming models have changed, as well as the ethics (environmental and human) involved in the big business of agriculture.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
One of the "Ethics of Food" series designed for middle school students, this title discusses the farming of vegetables and grains, and how it has changed over the years and its effect on the planet. The six chapters explore the historical beginnings of the cultivation of crops, how the practice has changed particularly over the last 100 years, the negative impact of large scale farming, the government control of some farming practices, farming as big business, the future of food production and the consequences of overproduction of corn in the U.S. The fifty-six pages include color photos, graphics, boxed information, case studies, questions for discussion and highlighted new vocabulary. Students (and some adults) with little knowledge of food production will be surprised by some of the information which should spark lively discussion. The increase in population worldwide as well as the increased health issues about the foods we consume makes it imperative that students become informed about the origins of the foods they consume and the costs to the planet of food production practices. The balanced text includes a glossary, sources for further study and an index. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432951009
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Ethics of Food Series
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States.
Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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