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HuG Ch.11

Human Geography Chapter 11 Agriculture

Organic Agriculture Approach of farming and ranching that avoids the use of herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones, and other similar synthetic inputs.
Agriculture The purposeful tending of crops and livestock in order to produce food and fiber.
Primary Economic Activity Economic activity concerned with the direct extraction of natural resources from the environment such as mining, fishing, lumbering, and especially agriculture.
Secondary Economic Activity Economic activity involving the processing of raw material and their transformation into finished industrial products; the manufacturing sector.
Tertiary Economic Activity Economic activity associated with the provision of services such as transportation, banking, retailing, education, and routine office-based jobs.
Quaternary Economic Activity Service sector industries concerned with the collection, processing, and manipulation of information and capital. Examples include, finance, administration, insurance, and legal services.
Quinary Economic Activity Service sector industries that require a high level of specialized knowledge or technical skill. Example include scientific research and high-level management.
Plant Domestication Genetic modification of a plant such that its reproductive success depends of human intervention.
Root Crops Crop that is reproduced by cultivating the roots of or the cutting from the plants.
Seed Crops Crop that is reproduced by cultivating the seeds of the plants.
First Agricultural Revolution Dating back 10,000 years ago, where plant domestication and animal domestication was achieved.
Animal Domestication Genetic modification of an animal such that it is rendered more amenable to human control.
Subsistence Agriculture Self-sufficient agriculture that is small scale and low technology and emphasizes food production for local consumption, not for trade.
Shifting Cultivation Cultivation of crops in tropical forest clearings in which the forest vegetation has been removed by cutting & burning. These clearings are usually abandoned after a few years in favor of newly cleared forestland. Also known as slash-and-burn agriculture
Slash-and-Burn Agriculture Cultivation of crops in tropical forest clearings in which the forest vegetation has been removed by cutting & burning. These clearings are usually abandoned after a few years in favor of newly cleared forestland. Also known as slash-and-burn agriculture
Second Agricultural Revolution Dovetailing with and benefiting from the Industrial Revolution, witnessed improved methods of cultivation, harvesting, and storage of farm produce.
Von Thunen Model Explains the location of agricultural activities in a commercial, profit-making economy. A process of spatial competition allocates various farming activities into rings around a central market city, with profit earning capability the determi
Third Agricultural Revolution Currently in progress, has its principal orientation of development of Genetically modified Organisms (GMOs).
Green Revolution The recently successful development of higher yield, fast growing varieties of rice and other cereals in certain developing countries, which led to increased production per unit area & a dramatic narrowing of the gap between population growth & food needs
Genetically Modified Organisms Crops that carry new traits that have been inserted through advanced genetic engineering methods.
Rectangular Survey System Also called the Public Land Survey, the system was used by the US Land Office Survey to parcel land west of the Appalachian Mountains. The system divides land into a series of rectangular parcels.
Township and Range System A rectangular land decision scheme designed by Thomas Jefferson to disperse settlers evenly across farmlands of the U.S. interior.
Metes and Bounds System A system of land surveying east of the Appalachian Mountains. It is a system that relies on descriptions of land ownership and natural features such as streams or trees.Because of imprecise nature US abadons for Rect. Survey System
Longlot Survey System Distinct regional approach to land surveying found in Canadian Maritimes, parts of Quebec, Louisiana, and Texas whereby land is divided into narrow parcels stretching back from rivers, roads, or canals.
Primogeniture System which the eldest son in a family or, in exceptional cases, daughter inherits all of a dying parent's land.
Commercial Agriculture Term used to describe large scale farming and ranching operations that employ vast land bases, large mechanized equipment, factory-type labor forces, and the latest technology.
Monoculture Dependence on a single agricultural commodity.
Koppen Climatic Classification System Developed by Wladimir Koppen, a system for classifying the world's climates on the basis of temperature precipitation.
Climatic Regions Areas of the world with similar climatic characteristics.
Plantation Agriculture Production system based on a large estate owned by an individual, family, or corp. & organized 2 produce a cash crop. Almost all were established within the tropics; in recent decades, many are divided into smaller holdings or reorganized cooperatives.
Luxury Crops Non-substinence crops such as tea, cacao, coffee, and tobacco.
Livestock Ranching The raising of domesticated animals for the production of meat and other byproducts such as leather and wool.
Mediterranean Agriculture Specialized farming that occurs only in areas where the dry-summer Mediterranean climate prevails.
Agribusiness General term for the businesses that provide the vast array of goods and services that support the agriculture industry.
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