This resource explores a silvopastoral farm in Colombia that uses sustainable cattle ranching approaches to reduce the negative impacts on the environment.
The video highlights the devastating consequences of animal agriculture, focusing on global greenhouse gas emissions and land use changes.
The video provides footage of the sustainable farm which delivers a clear picture of how this method works.
This resource provides links to 20 additional resources for a thorough look at this topic.
The video has two ads.
It may help to give a brief overview of conventional farming methods as a point of comparison for students before learning about the approach presented in this resource.
After watching the video in this resource, students could work in groups to create an advertisement advocating for a particular farming method or for reducing meat consumption.
Consider having students also view the video about sustainable cattle ranching paying off for Columbian farmers (provided in the "related links" section) and have students use a venn diagram to compare new learning from this video.
As an extension activity, ask students to choose a topic of interest from the "watch these videos" section about sustainability and agroforestry for further research.
Other resources on this topic include this video which provides more information about reducing methane emissions, this video about the environmental and climate impacts of animal agriculture, and this article about natural gas, methane, and the impacts of media messaging.
The resource draws attention to the negative impact of traditional cattle farming on the climate. In the video, different solutions like silvopasture are applied to enable cows to grow healthy, produce more milk and less methane. This practice is eco-friendly and needs to be scaled-up. This resource is recommended for the classroom.
Science and Engineering
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
English Language Arts
R.6-8.5 Provide an accurate summary of various texts; determine the central idea(s) or theme(s) and analyze its development throughout each text.
Geography 1: Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by explaining that geography includes the study of Earth's physical features including climate and the distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Geography 1: Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by communicating their findings by creating visual representations of the world, showing a basic understanding of the geographic grid, including the equator and prime meridian.