Chapter 6: Food, Water, and Agriculture

Enduring Understandings

  • The development of agriculture led to widespread alteration of the natural environment
  • Major agricultural regions reflect physical geography and economic forces
  • Settlement patterns and rural land use are reflected in the cultural landscape
  • Changes in food production and consumption present challenges and opportunities

Inquiry Questions

  • What is agriculture, and where did agriculture begin? How did agriculture change with industrialization?
  • What imprint does agriculture make on the cultural landscape?
  • How is agriculture currently organized geographically, and how has agribusiness influenced the contemporary geography of agriculture?

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