Geography KS3/4: Intensive farming

Oliver, a student from North Norfolk, looks into whether intensive farming is the right way to produce our food.

Oliver talks to Richard, a farmer who uses chemicals to help grow vegetables, mainly to control diseases, insects and weeds.

Richard believes it is impossible to feed the UK population without using some chemicals.

Next Oliver meets Joe, a carrot farmer who runs an organic farm.

Joe describes the advantages of organic farming and explains why growing without chemicals makes his carrots more expensive than those produced on intensive farms.

Finally, Oliver meets a plant expert, who looks at both sides of the argument.

This clip is from the series Geography: The Big Issues.

Teacher Notes

This could be used as part of a research project into food production and the challenges of feeding the world’s population.

Students could identify inputs into each type of farm visited.

Students could look at different examples mentioned in other parts of the world to compare them.

Students could also take it further and look at issues of increasing competition for space and even more innovative approaches to farming like hydroponics and vertical farming.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at Key Stage 3 and 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level (S1/S2/S3) in Scotland.

More from the series Geography: The Big Issues

Geography KS3/4: Controlling traffic pollution
Geography KS3/4: Coastal Erosion
Geography KS3/4: Rewilding