This lesson is focused on giving a brief snapshot of the organic agriculture industry and understanding how it is unique in the agricultural marketplace. To help ensure comprehension of the topic, the lesson includes discussion questions on the value of product labeling, several videos addressing topics in organic agriculture, and an activity researching the history of organic agriculture.
Duration: 90 Minutes
- Define organic agriculture.
- Identify the government agencies that regulate organic farming.
- Determine the difference between a conventional and organic product.
- State three of the goals of organic agriculture.
- Describe the consumer appeal of organic products.
- Describe the industry trends surrounding organic agriculture.
I. Introductory Set: Class Discussion
Begin the lesson with a class discussion on food labeling. Please reference the slide notes for additional information and a deeper explanation of the discussion.
II. Lesson Body: Slide Presentation
You will use the slide presentation to deliver the core of this lesson. Within the slides are links to videos and supporting media. Please reference the slide notes for additional information and a deeper explanation of the lesson topic.
III. Supporting Activity: Organic History Research
- United States Department of Agriculture
- Farm Bill
- Organic Label
- Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA)
- National Organic Program (NOP)
- National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)