Geo #6 - Environment, Food and People- Lecture #6 (Oct...

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Environment, Food and People- Lecture #6 (Oct 20/09) - Term Test: Check course materials on portal (revision topics, readings) - Whatever that’s on the test isn’t on the final exam - GMOs and Transgenic (not on the test) - We tend to shop with our eyes. E.g. we would pick up a shiny, big, red apple which is modified to look like that - Population food supply dilemma o How to increase food supply o Increase land area (we can’t do that because we’re losing a lot of land really quickly due to processes of urbanization) o Increase intensity o Solution: Scientific Agriculture-intensify production on existing land (more food supply, with smaller land area) o Are businesses trying to feed the world? Or are they just trying to make as much profit as possible? - Application of Scientific Agriculture o Cereal production o Increase intensity through plant manipulation o Select for desirable traits- esp. yield (making grass part shorter and seed bigger) GMOs start to add traits (nutritional, pesticides, etc.) o
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course GEOGRAPHY Env food n taught by Professor St.george during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto.

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Geo #6 - Environment, Food and People- Lecture #6 (Oct...

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