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Farming in MEDCs

Subjects / Geography / Farming

Price: £2.95 Duration: 38mins Full topic price: £14.95

As education levels and wealth have increased, MEDCs are primarily involved in tertiary and quaternary industries. MEDC governments are able to import a large percentage of the foods and products they need from other countries. However, there are still many farmers in MEDCs all around the world, and their actions have had a serious impact upon the environment. There is a danger of repeating this environmental damage in LEDCs. The technologies and farming methods that MEDCs have invented have been sold to LEDCs, in an effort to maximise their production and quality of life. But with a lower level of development, these modern farming methods may do more harm than good. This title will examine how farmers operate in MEDCs, the factors effecting farming and the impact of modern farming methods upon people, the environment and the economy.

Author: Jennifer Pendlebury Publisher: GCSEPod®
Narrator: Stuart Blackburn ISBN: 978-1-84906-335-7
Video ISBN: 978-1-84906-835-2


  1. Physical Factors Affecting Farming: Climate and Relief
  2. Human Factors Affecting Farming: Government and Politics
  3. How Farming is Changing
  4. The Impact of Modern Farming Methods
  5. The Common Agricultural Policy
  6. Diversification

Exam Board Relevance

  • Edxcel
  • AQA
  • CEA
  • IGCSE (EdExcel)
  • OCR
  • SQA
  • WJEC
  • IGCSE (CiE)

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Curriculum and Exam Board Information

Key Issues



  • Agricultural change in MEDCs - demands for higher efficiency and political policies such as the CAP in the EU
  • Agricultural change in MEDCs - overview of increasing world population
  • Agricultural change in MEDCs - rising demand for food supplied
  • an individual dairy farm in the Netherlands
  • An overview of the issues relating to GM food and crops, in the context of MEDCs, allows both positive and negative implications to be considered
  • arable farming in the Paris Basin
  • desertification in Spain
  • Example from EU to illustrate diversification
  • Example from EU to illustrate hedgerow removal
  • Example from EU to illustrate milk quotas
  • Example from EU to illustrate set aside
  • farming systems should be chosen with one from the EU
  • farms to golf courses, Gallaghers in Belfast to Yorkgate
  • Granada (olives)
  • hedge removal and increased use of chemicals in MEDCs
  • Japanese farming
  • Land reform and changes in farming practices
  • market gardening in the Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Recall specific information about a study of a farming system in the EU, to include the affect of government policies and scientific advances
  • soil erosion in the Mezzogiorno
  • The characteristics of traditional farming in the Mezzogiorno
  • The impact of changes in farm practices in an EU region
  • the influence of government policies, including diversification, subsidies and setaside, in the EU
  • The influence of relief, climate and soil on farming in the region
  • The influence of the 'Cassa per il Mezzogiorno' and the EU's 'Integrated Mediterranean Programme' on farming practices
  • The interaction of factors affecting agricultural land use
  • The process of migration and its effects on the region
  • The push and pull factors causing migration to and from the region
  • The social, economic and environmental consequences to be covered eg. overproduction in MEDCs
  • The social, economic and environmental consequences to be covered eg. soil erosion in MEDCs
  • undertake a field visit to either a hobby farm or industrial museum


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