Chapter 10: Feeding the World

By learning skills like composting, crop diversification, organic pesticide production, seed multiplication and agro-forestry, farmers in Malawi are increasing their ability to feed their families over the long term.

Learning Outcomes

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the major drivers of food insecurity
  • Recognize the role of women in food and nutritional security
  • Classify key food and nutritional sources
  • Identify benefits and risks of genetic engineering
  • Describe the components of soils
  • Discuss how land use affects global ecosystem conditions
  • Identify environmental effects of pesticides
  • Recognize the relationship between exposure to POPs and human health
  • Explain alternative practices in farming and soil management

Chapter Outline

  • 10.1 Food Security
  • 10.2 Food & Nutrients
  • 10.3 Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
  • 10.4 Soil Profiles and Processes
  • 10.5 Soil-Plant Relations
  • 10.6 Conventional Agriculture
  • 10.7 Pests and Pesticides
  • 10.8 Sustainable Agriculture
  • 10.9 Chapter Resources


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