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.