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Unit 7: Agriculture

Wheat Farm in Yaqui Valley, Mexico. Courtesy of Ivan Ortiz Monasterio

Wheat Farm in Yaqui Valley, Mexico. Courtesy of Ivan Ortiz Monasterio

Unit Overview

Demographers project that Earth's population will peak during the 21st century at approximately ten billion people. But the amount of new cultivable land that can be brought under production is limited. In many nations, the need to feed a growing population is spurring an intensification of agriculture—finding ways to grow higher yields of food, fuel, and fiber from a given amount of land, water, and labor. This unit describes the physical and environmental factors that limit crop growth and discusses ways of minimizing agriculture's extensive environmental impacts.


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