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Khan Academy


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 7 minutes, 39 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Interactive Media
  • Assessments

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West

Impacts of Agricultural Practices

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  • This video about the environmental impacts of industrial farming practices includes information about tilling, slash-and-burn, monoculture, erosion, and fertilizer usage. 
  • Students will learn how products like cereal, rice milk, and pajamas are connected to industrial agricultural practices. 
Teaching Tips


  • It includes a time stamped transcript with a highlight feature for students to follow along.
  • The topic is made more relatable for students by connecting it to common household items.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of the role healthy and nutrient-rich soil plays in agricultural practices.
  • It can be difficult for students to learn that things they enjoy at home including cereal and pajamas can be contributing to environmental damages, but there are more sustainable cereals and clothing to choose from, especially those with certification labels that show they are protecting forests, using better farming methods, or protecting wildlife by not using pesticides.


Scientist Notes
This video resource examines the impacts of various agricultural practices. Land use changes, particularly for agriculture, contributes a non-trivial amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
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