Food Security and Globalization

State Standards Addressed


5.1.1 Emerging Global System – Analyze the impact of increased oceanic travel including changes in the global system of trade, migration, and political power as compared to the previous era. (See 4.1.3; 5.3.6) (National Geography Standard 11d, p. 207)

6.1.1 Global Revolutions – Analyze the causes and global consequences of major political and industrial revolutions focusing on changes in relative political and military power, economic production, and commerce. (See 6.2.1; 6.2.3; 6.3.1) (National Geography Standard 13, p. 210)

6.1.3 Increasing Global Interconnections – Describe increasing global interconnections between societies, through the emergence and spread of ideas, innovations, and commodities including

  • the global spread of major innovations, technologies, and commodities via new global networks (National Geography Standard 11, p. 206)

6.2.3 Industrialization – Analyze the origins, characteristics and consequences of industrialization across the world by

  • describing the environmental impacts of industrialization and urbanization (National Geography Standard 14, p. 212)

8.2 Interregional or Comparative Expectations
Assess and compare the regional struggles for and against independence, decolonization, and democracy across the world.

8.2.1 The Legacy of Imperialism – Analyze the complex and changing legacy of imperialism in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America during and after the Cold War such as apartheid, civil war in Nigeria, Vietnam, Cuba, Guatemala, and the changing nature of exploitation of resources (human and natural). (National Geography Standards 11 and 16, pp. 206 and 216)


Evaluate the events, trends and forces that are increasing global interdependence and expanding global networks and evaluate the events, trends and forces that are attempting to maintain or expand autonomy of regional or local networks.

CG2 Resources

Explain the changes over the past 50 years in the use, distribution, and importance of natural resources (including land, water, energy, food, renewable, non-renewable, and flow resources) on human life, settlement, and interactions by describing and evaluating

  • change in spatial distribution and use of natural resources
  • the differences in ways societies have been using and distributing natural resources
  • social, political, economic, and environmental consequences of the development, distribution, and use of natural resources
  • major changes in networks for the production, distribution, and consumption of natural resources including growth of multinational corporations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations (e.g., OPEC, NAFTA, EU, NATO, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, Red Crescent)
  • the impact of humans on the global environment

CG3 Patterns of Global Interactions

Define the process of globalization and evaluate the merit of this concept to describe the contemporary world by analyzing

  • economic interdependence of the world’s countries and world trade patterns
  • the exchanges of scientific, technological, and medical innovations
  • cultural diffusion and the different ways cultures/societies respond to “new” cultural ideas and patterns
  • comparative economic advantages and disadvantages of regions, regarding cost of labor, natural resources, location, and tradition
  • distribution of wealth and resources and efforts to narrow the inequitable distribution of resources