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Agrobiodiversity and Resilience
Please read the brief "introduction to the reading" below and then the following pages from Gary Nabhan's book "Where Our Food Comes From":
Nabhan, G.P. "Rediscovering America and Surviving the Dust Bowl: The U. S. Southwest ", p. 129-138, part of Chapter 9, Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine. Washington: Island Press.
Introduction to the reading: The reading describes part of a much longer account of travels by Vavilov (for whom the Vavilov centers of agrobiodiversity are named, see the previous page in the book, and module 2.1 in this course) from 1929 to 1934 in North America. During this trip, the Russian crop researcher met with U.S. researchers as well as "keepers" of U.S. native agrobiodiversity. This chapter describes Vavilov's trip to the Hopi Indians in 1930, in which he and the U.S. scientists were able to observe firsthand the seed systems and their resilience to the drought that was currently going on in the United States. The author of the book, Gary Nabhan, relates this account of the visit and then compares it to similar visits he made to the Hopi in the more recent past. This compiled history of seed systems and their relation to both human and natural system changes in the U.S. Southwest is a sort of case study, from which the assessment worksheet will ask you to draw conclusions.
Download the worksheet below and answer the questions provided. You will be consulting the assigned reading which is the chapter from G.P. Nabhan, "Rediscovering America and Surviving the Dust Bowl: The U.S. Southwest". See the rubric below for guidelines on how to best complete the assessment.
Files to Download
Download worksheet (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 377kB Jan3 18)
Submitting Your Assignment
Please submit your work using the submission folder on your institution's online course management software.
Grading Information and Rubric
This assessment is work a total of 30 points. See the rubric below as the guide for evaluation.
|Questions 3-7, short answer||3 points per question, 15 points total.|
|Question 8: comparison||6 points, reflecting thoughtfulness and ability to include references to the reading, clear understanding of the comparison that is requested|
|Style, grammar, overall quality||3 points|