For the InstructorThese student materials complement the Future of Food Instructor Materials. If you would like your students to have access to the student materials, we suggest you either point them at the Student Version which omits the framing pages with information designed for faculty (and this box). Or you can download these pages in several formats that you can include in your course website or local Learning Managment System. Learn more about using, modifying, and sharing InTeGrate teaching materials.
Goals and Learning Objectives
- Analyze the relationships between climate, availability of water resources, irrigation, and agricultural food production.
- Examine their water footprints and the virtual water embedded in agricultural food products.
- Summarize the major impacts of agriculture on both quality and quantity of water resources.
After completing this module, students will be able to:
- Explain the relationships between evapotranspiration (ET), climate, and crop consumptive use.
- Describe the major impacts of agricultural diversions on the Colorado River.
- Relate the spatial distribution of precipitation and ET rates to where food can be grown with and without irrigation.
- Relate nutrient loading from fertilizer use to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Attribute major water pollutants to appropriate agricultural sources.
- Estimate their water consumption in the food you eat using the concepts of virtual water and water footprints.