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Introduction to Farming

Subjects / Geography / Farming

Price: £3.45 Duration: 41mins Full topic price: £14.95

Have you ever wondered where the food you buy in the supermarket comes from? Food is produced by one of the world's most important industries - farming. Providing food for the world's population is a never ending task, and farmers must keep up with constantly changing demands. People want to eat fruits like pineapples and mangoes, but these don't grow in some countries. We no longer want to eat just seasonal fruit and vegetables - we want apples available all year round, for example. To supply food for a rapidly growing population, farmers worldwide are faced with a difficult job. Without this primary industry, the world would not function. This title aims to provide you with a guide to the essentials of farming, from the different types to what the future may have in store for farmers.

Author: Jennifer Pendlebury Publisher: GCSEPod®
Narrator: Stuart Blackburn ISBN: 978-1-84906-334-0
Video ISBN: 978-1-84906-834-5

Chapters

  1. Population Increase and the Global Demand for Food
  2. Types of Farming
  3. Farming as a System - Inputs
  4. Farming as a System - Processes
  5. Farming as a System - Outputs
  6. The Future of Farming
  7. Science Versus Nature

Exam Board Relevance

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

Includes original GCSEPod image art. Additional pictorial images created by Damon Smith

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Key Issues

Titles

Chapters

  • a farming system or region in the EU to illustrate the impact on the environment of the farming methods used
  • advantages to people and economy
  • An overview of the environmental, economic and social (including health) implications of genetically modified food and crops in countries in different states of development
  • An overview of the global increase in population and the consequent increase in demand for food together with the pressures on all businesses to be more efficient
  • Both the advantages and the disadvantages of the agricultural changes should be considered
  • Classify farms using the terminology in the content: arable/pastoral
  • Classify farms using the terminology in the content: commercial/subsistence
  • Classify farms using the terminology in the content: intensive/extensive
  • Classify farms using the terminology in the content: organic
  • commercial farming
  • Economic activity as inputs, outputs and processes and the study of at least one selected example
  • Explain the factors that influence farmer's choices
  • Explanations are to take account of the social, political, economic and environmental factors affecting farming - choice
  • Explanations are to take account of the social, political, economic and environmental factors affecting farming - climate
  • Explanations are to take account of the social, political, economic and environmental factors affecting farming - finance
  • Explanations are to take account of the social, political, economic and environmental factors affecting farming - labour
  • Explanations are to take account of the social, political, economic and environmental factors affecting farming - market
  • Explanations are to take account of the social, political, economic and environmental factors affecting farming - politics
  • Explanations are to take account of the social, political, economic and environmental factors affecting farming - relief
  • Explanations are to take account of the social, political, economic and environmental factors affecting farming - soils
  • extensive farming
  • Farms may be studied as systems, with inputs (physical, economic, technological, social, political) in which the farmer is viewed as a decision maker
  • Farms may be studied as systems, with outputs, in which the farmer is viewed as a decision maker
  • Farms may be studied as systems, with processes, in which the farmer is viewed as a decision maker
  • How the environments are at risk includes the causes, effects and human responses
  • increase in farm/field size
  • intensive farming
  • Introduce damage caused by farming
  • Issues to consider in relation to organic farming may include its ability to meet market demands
  • Knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of one major farming type
  • Knowledge and understanding of the nature and causes of changes that have taken place in this farming type in recent years
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social consequences of these changes in rural areas
  • local economic activity to include the location and the reasons for the location plus other factors that may cause the activity to close, move or expand
  • oil exploitation in Alaska
  • positive and negative
  • recent problems and changes
  • scientific advances including HYVs and chemicals
  • subsistence farming
  • sun hours aid ripening
  • The effects on water quality, soil, vegetation and animals by activities such as burning
  • The effects on water quality, soil, vegetation and animals by activities such as draining
  • The effects on water quality, soil, vegetation and animals by activities such as hedgerow removal
  • The effects on water quality, soil, vegetation and animals by activities such as irrigation
  • The effects on water quality, soil, vegetation and animals by activities such as ploughing
  • The effects on water quality, soil, vegetation and animals by activities such as the use of chemicals
  • the farm as a system
  • The impact of economic factors, eg cost of land
  • The impact of economic factors, eg, distance from market
  • The impact of human factors, eg, perception of opportunity
  • The impact of human factors, eg, tradition
  • The impact of physical factors, eg, rainfall
  • The impact of physical factors, eg, relief
  • The impact of physical factors, eg, soil quality
  • The impact of political factors, eg, subsidies
  • The impact of political factors,eg, quotas
  • the impact on the environment is an important consideration
  • The impact on the environment of organic farming compared to 'agribusiness'
  • The inputs of a farm system
  • the location and the reasons for the location plus other factors that may cause the activity to close, move or expand. An example could include a farm
  • the nature of the farming
  • The need to increase productivity and efficiency are key reasons for farming change
  • The outputs of a farm system
  • the physical and human factors that affect the type of farming
  • The processes of a farm system
  • the relevant changes affecting the system
  • the relevant physical and human factors influencing the system
  • use of greenhouses
  • wind damage to crops

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