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The Race to Save Endangered Foods

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  • This interesting video explores food extinction, why ancient plant varieties are disappearing from farms around the world, and how important it is to preserve this genetic diversity.
Teaching Tips


  • Using the data and statistics presented, students can understand how industrialization and the drive for more profit may lead to a single crop being grown, instead of many.
  • This video explores some historical data about the old seed varieties.

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  • The teacher will find an ad at the beginning of the video.


  • Cross-curricular activities could be conducted in history classes when discussing people's past experiences with seeds and agriculture.
  • Biology classes could explore the relationship between the genetic homogeneity of crops and human health.
  • The teacher could divide this video into three parts to help students understand the facts and data.
  • This video could be used as an introduction for a lesson on nutrition and human disease.
  • Other resources to consider on this topic include the Environmental Impacts Of Food Data Explorer and Food Waste: What's the Problem? What's the Solution?.
Scientist Notes
As the marketplace has become more globalized, the genetic diversity of the food we eat has shrunk, making crops more prone to being wiped out by a single disease. This Vox video explores how this happened and why it is important to preserve genetic diversity in the foods we eat. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.15.9-12 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, rights of citizens, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.11.9-12 Evaluate how economic globalization and the expanding use of scarce resources contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among countries.
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