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Food Production: Fact or Fib?

Food Production: Fact or Fib?

Food Production

Brief Description

The difference between fertilizer and pest control chemicals is often one of the concepts that students misunderstand. This is proven in documented “man in the street” interviews and focus groups. Students and adults hear the term fertilizer and their first reaction is toxic. They make the assumption that fertilizer is pesticide. This is not true. The two have different sources and serve very different functions. The intent of this lesson is to clear up those misconceptions as well as to teach students about the why we use pesticides, a few ways that pests spread diseases and compare this information with common understandings that students possess about human and animal diseases. This is intended as an introductory lesson on this topic.

Objectives: By the end of this unit the students will be able to:

  1. Identify factual information about food production from misinformation.
  2. Explain the difference between fertilizer and pesticides.
  3. Compare and contrast basic information of human and plant diseases and pests.

Time:
Activity One: 45 Minutes
Activity Two: 45 minutes

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