Learning Objectives

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    By working through this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Investigate a case study that raises issues of natural resource extraction and protection, ethics, spirituality, and action.
  • Understand how plants, soil, and animals transfer energy and cycle nutrients in natural and agricultural ecosystems.
  • Describe the main technological developments of agriculture in the modern age.
  • Know the environmental challenges posed by industrial agriculture and the solutions offered by sustainable agriculture.
  • Recognize the foundations and norms that should guide our ethical decisions about growing, transporting, processing, marketing, and disposing of food.
  • Discover the close connection between food and spirituality in human cultures around the world.
  • See how people are addressing food and agriculture challenges around the world and consider actions that are possible to do in one's own community and personal life.